There have been huge improvements in the treatment of children's cancer over the past 50 years. More than 7 in 10 (over 70%) of children with cancer are now cured, compared with fewer than 3 in 10 (less than 30%) in 1962-66.
Alongside surgery and chemotherapy, radiotherapy has become a much more common treatment modality for paediatric cancers. Particularly with the emergence of conformal and high resolution image guided radiotherapy.
There is an increasing demand for specialist paediatric radiotherapy services. Motivated individuals who have a specific interest in paediatric radiotherapy have, in the main, driven training for radiotherapy radiographers often at a local level. At present there are draft recognised national standards.
The Specialist Paediatric Radiotherapy Radiographers Interest Group (SPRRIG) aims include: