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.

Related documents

CRUK briefing on radiotherapy for parliamentary debate (July 2019)

Policy Briefing on the Future of Proton Beam Therapy in the UK (June 2019)

Response to the APPG on Radiotherapy’s Inquiry (June 2019)

Letter to NHS England regarding radiotherapy in the long-term plan (November 2018)

Cancer Research UK position on NHS England’s radiotherapy modernisation programme (August 2018)

Response to NHS England’s consultation on modernising radiotherapy services (January 2018)

Vision for Radiotherapy 2014-24

Cancer Research UK principles for supporting radiotherapy research in England (January 2016)

Recommendations for achieving a world-class radiotherapy service in the UK (May 2014)

Vision for Radiotherapy 2014-2024 (March 2014)

The future of radiotherapy: response to NHS England specialised services 5-year strategy consultation (January 2014)

Review of access to medical technologies in Wales (October 2013)

Improving radiotherapy services to save more lives (August 2013)

The Radiotherapy Innovation Fund – An evaluation of the Prime Minister’s £23 million Fund (July 2013)

Access to medical technologies in Wales: consultation on terms of reference (October 2012)

APPGC Cancer across the domains (August 2012)

Radiotherapy awareness (July 2012)

Radiotherapy commissioning (July 2012)

Radiotherapy equipment (July 2012)

Achieving a world-class radiotherapy service across the UK (July 2009) - executive summary

Achieving a world-class radiotherapy service across the UK (July 2009) - full report

A Voice for Radiotherapy

A Voice for Radiotherapy

Our Voice for Radiotherapy campaign prompted £23 million of Government support for radiotherapy centres in England.

A Voice for Radiotherapy

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