Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Books We're Talking About
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Cancer patients 'need to know more about radiotherapy'

28th January 2011

A lack of awareness about the efficacy of radiotherapy is preventing cancer patients from benefiting from this form of treatment, a new campaign claims.

Research commissioned by the National Radiotherapy Awareness Initiative, a collaboration between Cancer Research UK, the Royal College of Radiologists and the Society of Radiographers, found only nine per cent of people think the therapy is a 'modern cancer treatment'.

The survey also discovered that 40 per cent of respondents describe radiotherapy as 'frightening', while just 15 per cent believe it can be precisely targeted at the location of cancer.

Professor Tim Maughan, a consultant clinical oncologist at the Velindre Hospital in Cardiff, said radiotherapy is an 'incredible tool' in the fight against cancer and claimed more people need to be made aware of its benefits.

'We hear a lot about chemotherapy and less about radiotherapy, which actually has a better cure rate. But most people don't realise that,' he added.

A previous poll by Cancer Research UK found that only one in ten people are aware that radiotherapy cures 40 per cent of patients who survive cancer.
 

Latest Blog
Caz Hildebrand's Top Ten Herbs
20/09/2016

Herbarium author Caz Hildebrand reveals her top ten all-time favourite herbs

Chitra Soundar on Diverse Picture Books
19/09/2016

Chitra Soundar talks about some of her favourite diverse picture books that tell previously untold stories.

Peter Wohlleben on the Forest as a Social Network
16/09/2016

Forester Peter Wohlleben draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd