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IGRT IS THE KEY TO WORLD-CLASS RADIOTHERAPY

13 September 2013

SCoR publishes report on the Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) Clinical Support Programme 

The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) has published a report of The Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) Clinical Support Programme in England 2012-2013

Written by the National IGRT Team, the report describes the processes, methods and outcomes of the National Cancer Action team IGRT clinical support programme. It demonstrates the progress made and highlights the significant challenges that remain. 

Recommendations have been formulated for radiotherapy service providers, NHS England Specialised Commissioning, education providers, professional bodies and equipment manufacturers.

“In 2007, the National Radiotherapy Advisory Group (NRAG) report ‘Radiotherapy: developing a world-class service for England’ was published. This set the commitment to develop and deliver world-class radiotherapy for the benefit of cancer patients in England,” stated Sean Duffy, National Cancer Director, in the report’s foreword.

Within the NRAG report, the concept of 4D Adaptive Radiotherapy was developed. The concept that you could visualise and adjust the radiation beam in real time to match the target treatment volume, accounting for changes in tumour position and patient movement, were revolutionary. This allowed the clinical community for the first time to think what may be possible if we were to be able to offer truly individualised therapy at the point of each delivery.

“In order to deliver the concept of 4D Adaptive Radiotherapy, IGRT is an essential element. The ability to visualise the tumour in the treatment setting and then be able to use that information and adapt the treatment plan is vital,” explains Sean.

In October 2012, Prime Minister David Cameron set out that all patients would “have access to the most appropriate, safe, and cost-effective radiotherapy that their doctor recommends”. Access to IGRT is a key part of meeting this pledge.

The SCoR report sets out the work that must be done to support clinical services delivering advanced levels of IGRT. 

Charlotte Beardmore, professional and education manager, SCoR, concluded: “This is an extremely important piece of work. Service providers, educators, manufacturers and commissioners are urged to consider the report’s findings and recommendations. From this, we will continue to forge ahead in delivering world-class radiotherapy in England.”

The report can be downloaded here.

Notes for Editor

If you have any questions or comments, email Charlotte Beardmore: charlotteb@sor.org. Alternatively, contact Dominic Deeson on 01227 469060 or 0795 784 5238.

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