of the benefits
Radiotherapy is undervalued and needs greater investment, according to our new published report. Entitled Radiotherapy: seizing the opportunity in cancer care, the white paper recommends a five-point plan to boost uptake of radiotherapy and calls on all stakeholders – governments and policymakers, healthcare professionals, patients and professional societies, along with national and international research funds – to become ‘radiotherapy ambassadors’ to help raise awareness of the benefits of radiotherapy and secure its valuable position in comprehensive, optimal cancer care.
The report’s authors cite shortages of high-quality equipment, variations in training, insufficient integration of radiotherapy into treatment plans, lack of investment in research, lack of general understanding of radiotherapy as a cancer treatment and misconceptions regarding the safety of radiotherapy among the important factors contributing to radiotherapy’s poor image and underuse.
A few facts about radiotherapy
IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE
Animation apropos radiotherapy
There is a large gap between the actual and optimal utilisation of radiotherapy, with huge variations between different countries. As part of our drive to ensure high-quality radiotherapy is available to all who need it, we have launched a new animation. The animation highlights the importance of radiotherapy as a pillar of high-quality cancer care and the role it plays in saving more lives.
This animation has been produced as part of the Marie Curie Legacy Campaign - an initiative of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) and the ESTRO Cancer Foundation (ECF).