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Decrease in the use of radiotherapy procedures for the treatment of cancer in hospitals
Date:10/9/2007

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The Department of Radiology and Physical Medicine of the Universidad de Granada, in Andalusian hospitals radiotherapy is not used as much as should be expected for the treatment of cancer, in favour of other procedures such as chemotherapy or surgery. The study, carried out by Doctor Patricia Cabrera Roldn, and directed by Professor Jos Expsito Hernndez, revealed that the application of radiotherapy treatment often exceeds appropriate time limits, and varies a lot depending on the hospital in which such treatment is applied.

This study is based on the data of patients, treated in any of the 10 Andalusian public hospitals during a period of one year, who were submitted to radiotherapy procedures for the treatment of tumours in the breast, lung, head and neck, cervix and endometrium. The researchers main objectives were to analyse the frequency of application of radiotherapy treatment in patients suffering from cancer (rate of radiation) and to determine the existence of substantial differences in the application of radiotherapy treatment among different hospitals.

The scientists from the Universidad de Granada revealed that, in Andalusia, radiotherapy procedures vary depending on the hospital in which they are applied. The main differences affected are: common treatment procedures (purpose and type of treatment, simulation methods used in the treatment, immobilisers or verification systems) and the definition of the treatment itself (total dose and treatment volume).

Less than desired

According to Patricia Cabrera Roldn, Radiotherapy is not used as much as expected for the treatment of cancer in the hospitals analysed, pointing out that this statement applies to the five hospitals studie
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Contact: Dr. Patricia Cabrera Roldn
patricia.cabrera.sspa@juntadeandalucia.es
34-955-016-349
Universidad de Granada
Source:Eurekalert

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