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Underuse of Radiation Therapy in Cancer Treatment a Concern

Underuse of Radiation Therapy in Cancer Treatment a Concern

Many cancer patients in Australia and New Zealand continue to miss out on radiation therapy in their treatment.

According to new data1 presented at the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) in Auckland today, only 25 per cent of cancer patients in NSW received radiation therapy compared to the optimal rate of 45 per cent.

This matches previous data for New Zealand which shows that less than a third of patients will actually receive radiation therapy2, despite half being likely to benefit from having it at some time during their cancer experience3.

Lead researcher and radiation oncologist Dr Roya Merie said: “These figures concerningly show that use of radiation therapy is well below the optimal figure in treating cancer effectively.

“This deficit has significant negative impacts on patient outcomes and it is important that strategies to overcome such shortfalls are developed to improve radiation therapy use and ensure patients receive the most appropriate treatment for them.”

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