A new international cancer fighting resource has been launched by Action Radiotherapy (London, UK), who play a key role in the Coalition for Global Radiotherapy. The novel tool aims to provide radiotherapy teams short- and long-term solutions to develop the best approaches to continuing cancer treatments during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The resource is a call to action from the radiotherapy community to produce a multidisciplinary voice and demonstrate what a global coalition can achieve in advocating for best practice in radiotherapy services, which at this difficult time, will ultimately, save lives,” explained Pat Price (Chair of Action Radiotherapy).
Radiotherapy is one of the most common cancer treatments and is one of the safest treatment options during COVID-19. This is because radiotherapy does not require an ICU facility like surgery, and does not suppress the immune system like chemotherapy.
Price commented: “Unfortunately, the information we have so far does show that the UK is lagging behind in its response and there is a very real risk that the lives saved from COVID-19 will be outstripped by those we lose to cancer. It is therefore vital we learn from our global colleagues. And most importantly, act immediately.”
The Coalition for Global Radiotherapy resource gives international healthcare professionals the ability to provide valuable global learning opportunities for other healthcare professionals and government, rapidly share data and disseminate best practice.
Price concluded: “The Coalition for Global Radiotherapy creates an international stakeholder network bringing together healthcare professionals, charities and industry. The resource provides the go-to information source that will help healthcare providers and policy makers ensure the best treatments for cancer patients during the current situation”.