Coronavirus: Extend therapies to ease cancer backlog, doctors tell Hancock - News Summed Up

Coronavirus: Extend therapies to ease cancer backlog, doctors tell Hancock


Cancer Research UK has said that as many as 2.4 million people in Britain have been affected by the backlog in careCancer patients are travelling miles for radiotherapy as advanced equipment sits unused in half of NHS trusts because of bureaucratic delays, health professionals say. They have written to the health secretary calling for an end to the “absurd situation” in which patients cannot access vital equipment at local cancer centres because staff are prevented from using it. Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) is limited to half of NHS trusts at present despite its huge potential for dealing with the cancer care backlog. During the pandemic chemotherapy treatment has been delayed owing to immune system suppression risks and cancer surgeries cancelled because of demands on intensive care units. An open letter to Matt Hancock and NHS England co-ordinated by the charity Action Radiotherapy has been signed by


Source: The Times June 04, 2020 23:01 UTC



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