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Where this radiotherapy information comes from

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This page tells you about the major sources of information that we use to put together this section.


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All our information is checked by cancer specialists. The names of our specialist reviewers are at the end of this list. We also try to find patients to review all our sections. If you have had radiotherapy, live in the UK, and would like to become a patient reviewer, you can write to us by clicking on contact us.


UK guidelines

National Radiotherapy Implementation Group Report – Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) guidance for implementation and use. NHS National Cancer Action Team. August 2012.

Summary of Interventions for Acute Radiotherapy-Induced Skin Reactions in Cancer Patients: A Clinical Guideline recommended for use by The Society and College of Radiographers. Rachel Harris. Society of Radiographers Journal, 2011. 

The timely delivery of radical radiotherapy: standards and guidelines for the management of unscheduled treatment interruptions, 3rd edition. Royal College of Radiologists, 2008.
Link to the guidelines.

Good practice guide for paediatric radiotherapy
Royal College of Radiologists, in conjunction with Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group and Society and College of Radiographers, December 2012
Link to guidelines

Radiotherapy: developing a world class service for England. Report to Ministers from National Radiotherapy Advisory Group, 2007
Link to the report.

Radiotherapy Dose-Fractionation. Royal College of Radiologists, 2006.
Link to the guidelines.

National Institute of Clinical Excellence Guidelines

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network



De Vita, Hellman, and Rosenberg's Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology (8th edition)
De Vita, V.T., Lawrence, T.S. and Rosenberg S.A.
Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2008



National Cancer Action Team

National Cancer Institute – USA

PubMed Central
National Institute of Health Medical Archive of Science Literature


Articles, reports and reviews

Radiotherapy Services in England 2012. Department of Health. November 2012.

Advances in radiotherapy. S Ahmad and others. British Medical Journal, 2012; 345.

The Evidence Base for Multiple Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) “A Quality Perspective”. Faculty of Radiation Oncology, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, 2011.

A systematic review to investigate the effectiveness and acceptability of interventions for moist desquamation in radiotherapy patients. EM Kedge. Radiography, 2009; 15(3): 247-257.

Radiosensitising agents for the radiotherapy of cancer: advances in traditional and hypoxia targeted radiosensitisers. P Bischoff, A Altmeyer,F Dumont. Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents, 2009 May;19(5):643-62.

Evidence behind use of intensity modulated radiotherapy: a systematic review of comparative clinical studies. L Veldeman, I Madani, F Hulstaert, G De Meerleer, M Mareel, W De Neve. Lancet Oncolog, 2008, Apr;9(4):367-75. 


Specialist reviewer

Professor Bleddyn Jones

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Updated: 4 January 2013