The results of a survey released last week revealed that around half of people in the UK are unaware of advancements in radiotherapy and how beneficial it is in the treatment of cancer.
40% of people who are cured of cancer have radiotherapy as part of their treatment, which means it is second only to surgery as an effective cancer treatment, yet just 9% of the survey respondents thought that funding for radiotherapy should be prioritised on the NHS.
The most advanced forms of radiotherapy such as intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and deep inspiration breath hold radiotherapy (DIBH) are transforming the lives of cancer patients by targeting tumours more precisely and producing fewer side effects.
Despite this, only 4% of the survey respondents had heard of IMRT and fewer than 10% had heard of IGRT.
The YouGov survey of over 2,000 UK adults was carried out by Cancer Research UK alongside other members of a Radiotherapy Awareness Programme (RAP) who are hoping to raise awareness of how advanced radiotherapy techniques and technologies are a better and kinder cancer treatment option and for the NHS and the UK Government to substantially invest in modernising the UK’s radiotherapy service.
100% of GenesisCare radiotherapy patients receive IGRT and all those who need it also receive IMRT and DIBH.
Further information about the survey, can be found on this Cancer Research UK press release.