Navigation Links
ASTRO chairman to testify at CARE Act hearing
Date:6/8/2012

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Chairman Leonard Gunderson, MD, MS, FASTRO, will testify before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health today on provisions of the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility, and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Act of 2011 (CARE Act) related to training and credentialing for medical imaging and radiation therapy technologists.

ASTRO strongly supports immediate passage of the CARE Act, which sets needed education and certification standards for radiation therapists, medical physicists and medical dosimetristscritical members of the team that delivers radiation therapy to cancer patients. Setting these minimum standards will help to ensure patients are treated accurately and safely and lead to fewer complications.

Today's hearing, "Examining the Appropriateness of Standards for Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technologists," will examine the current state of training, identify any areas of deficiency and suggest ways of ensuring personnel have the appropriate background in the technical components of delivering treatments.

ASTRO has a long history of advocating to Congress on the need for improved safety in radiation therapy and creating minimum education and credentialing standards for treatment team members. This is also a core component of Target Safely, ASTRO's patient protection initiative, which was established in 2009 to ensure patients are receiving the safest treatments for their cancer.

Dr. Gunderson's testimony will inform Congress and the public that radiation therapy has been used for over 100 years as a safe and effective treatment for cancer with minimal side effects and that ASTRO is a leader in ensuring this continues. The testimony will outline several safety and patient quality initiatives the Society is working on to improve the quality of patient treatment and care, including:

  • Building on the bipartisan Patient Safety Act of 2005 by beginning work with a certified Patient Safety Organization to create the first national medical error reporting system for radiation oncology.
  • Assisting the Radiation Oncology Institute, ASTRO's foundation, in developing the National Radiation Oncology Registry, which will improve cancer patients' care by capturing real-time information on radiation treatment delivery and health outcomes.
  • Supporting physician participation in maintenance of certification activities and other continuing medical education programs to ensure all physicians are up-to-date on the latest treatment approaches.

These initiatives together with the CARE Act can prevent medical errors that can occur in a complex treatment such as radiation therapy.

Dr. Gunderson will testify that ASTRO wants patients to have peace of mind when it comes to safety, quality and efficacy of radiation therapy, and the CARE Act is a critical step toward that goal. ASTRO looks forward to working with Congress on additional policies that could be implemented to further enhance the quality of care patients receive.


'/>"/>

Contact: Nicole Napoli
nicolen@astro.org
703-839-7336
American Society for Radiation Oncology
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Antibody therapy prevents gastrointestinal damage following radiation exposure in mice
2. Diagnostic Scans Tied to Radiation Risk for Gastro Patients
3. Gastro Woes Often Strike Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
4. Not taking gastroprotective drugs prescribed with anti-inflammatory medicines
5. Football-related catastrophic brain injuries on the rise
6. Catastrophic Head Injuries to High School Football Players Rising
7. Gastroenterology special issue focuses on new directions of viral hepatitis care and research
8. Gastroenterology Societies issue sedation curriculum for gastrointestinal endoscopy
9. ASTRO wins 2012 Communicator Award
10. Grant awarded to help improve problem-solving skills for deaf and hard-of-hearing students
11. Cone beam CT proves better for visualizing some causes of hearing loss at half the radiation dose
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... April 30, 2016 , ... Mercy College ... campus. The following programs will be expanding due to high demand: Master of ... The expansion will begin this summer. , School of Business Graduate Program ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 29, 2016 , ... Our bodies are bombarded daily by environmental and lifestyle ... these stressors is to adopt a more healthful diet, but too many people think ... certified Holistic Nutritionist and the creator of the Newport Beach Cleanse and 14-Day Eating ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 29, 2016 , ... Conditions were ideal for Global Lyme Alliance’s (GLA) 2nd ... sunny skies, a light breeze and temperatures in the 60s. Over 400 runners, walkers ... and Walk and 1-mile walk were held to increase awareness about Lyme disease ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... Kansas City, Missouri (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... Unlike traditional crutches which put pressure on the armpits, the M+D Crutch evenly distributes ... less strain on their wrists and hands when using the crutches than with other ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... ... City based oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Majid Jamali is an expert in ... apnea. Dr. Jamali is proud to offer this permanent solution to patients who suffer from ... bones. This surgery is performed to correct the alignment of the jaw. It is beneficial ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/29/2016)... -- Automation is one of the best ... growing demands for productivity in speed, accuracy, throughput and ... already adept of a wide range of functions that ... Instrumentation continues to evolve, and is poised to tackle ... years ago. Originally used mostly by the big pharmaceutical ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... April 28, 2016  While Abbott,s announced purchase ... company,s valve repair and stent business, healthcare research ... Abbott more firmly into patient monitoring.  Kalorama said ... growing device areas, with double-digit growth expected the ... Advanced Remote Patient Monitoring . Abbott ...
(Date:4/28/2016)...  Marking its one year anniversary since launching ... risk test, Color Genomics announced a ... impact the most common hereditary cancers affecting both ... analyzes hereditary cancer risks for breast, colorectal, melanoma, ... Color Test is physician ordered and includes genetic ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: