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Developing World Class Radiotherapy Service For England

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Radiotherapy Service

An independent report looking at how current radiotherapy resources could be put to better use and how we should plan for a radiotherapy service that will meet the future needs of the population has been issued.

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The NHS is delivering better cancer treatment to more people than ever before with:

Cancer mortality in people under 75 falling by nearly 16% between 1996 and 2004. This equates to over 50,000 lives saved over this period;

the number of therapy radiographers (the staff who operate the radiotherapy machines) rose by 31% between 1997 and 2004 (from 1,407 to 1,839); and