Radiotherapy audit shows less regional variation than feared

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 05 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5045
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Regional variation across England in access of patients with cancer to radiotherapy services is not as great as previously feared, shows a new detailed analysis of the provision of radiotherapy.

The analysis of radiotherapy services delivered between April 2009 and March 2010, published on 2 August, is the first that the Department of Health has undertaken in detail. From now on the data will be published annually.

In 2009-10 there were around 31 000 attendances for radiotherapy for every million people in the population and an average of 6660 attendances for each linear accelerator in regular use. The breast was the most common primary tumour site for radiotherapy (28% …

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