Our policy on radiotherapy
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Radiotherapy is cutting-edge, curative and cost-effective. We want every person having radiotherapy to have high-quality, modern radiotherapy, and for there to be equitable access to the most innovative types of treatments across the UK.
In 2012-13 we helped the Government distribute £23 million to improve the service across England through the Radiotherapy Innovation Fund (RIF). The Government has since announced further investments in the service. Further to this we published the joint Vision for Radiotherapy 2014-24 with NHS England, setting out what we believe the service should be providing for patients within the next 10 years.
But our work is not over.
Despite significant improvements over the past few years, access to modern radiotherapy techniques such as Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) is still lower than it should be, and there is variation in access. There are significant shortages of the specialist staff who give radiotherapy treatments, and public awareness of the benefits of modern radiotherapy is still not as high as we want it to be.
There are still challenges to overcome if the UK is to have a truly world-class radiotherapy service. Cancer Research UK is actively working with Government and health departments, members of the radiotherapy service and patients to make this a reality.