Radiotherapy in UK is feared and underused

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 28 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d616
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

Radiotherapy has an image problem, says a newly created pressure group. The National Radiotherapy Awareness Initiative reports that less than a 10th of people in the United Kingdom regard the intervention as a “modern cancer treatment.” This and other negative views of radiotherapy may be contributing to its underuse in cancer treatment in Britain.

The claim is made on the basis of a YouGov online survey of 2000 UK adults. The survey has also unearthed the equally dispiriting finding that only 15% of people see radiotherapy as a precise form of …

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