Covid-19: Use radiotherapy only if “unavoidable,” says NICE. Patients should be treated with radiotherapy only if it is “unavoidable,” and even then the “shortest safe form of treatment” should be used, rapid covid-19 guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has said.
Few mHealth Apps Are Specific to Radiotherapy, But Helpful Tools Are Available. Researchers have noted the need for radiotherapy patient mHealth apps in particular — and clear regulatory oversight of those apps to protect patient medical data privacy and security.
Cancer diagnoses may be delayed due to coronavirus. It could mean patients require more treatment, Roisin Foster, Cancer Focus NI chief executive, added. Routine screening has been postponed to allow medics to focus on tackling the infection. Read more.
Radiotherapy Outcomes Potentially Differ According to Gender. Women are more likely to be cured of their cancer when undergoing radiotherapy than men are, but their side effects are likelier to be more severe, according to a review study. Read more.
Cancer patients were warned by a medical expert today that tumours could become inoperable as their treatment is delayed during the coronavirus pandemic. Check4Cancer chief medical officer Gordon Wishart said a delay of two or three months for some types of cancer 'might make the difference between a tumour being operable or inoperable'. Read more.
Private clinics are to provide NHS cancer treatment to help up to 20,000 patients whose care plan has been wrecked by coronavirus outbreak. Numerous cancer patients have found their chemotherapy sessions cancelled. NHS cancer patients will now be able to receive treatment in private hospitals and Rutherford Health, Genesis Care and HCA UK could treat 5,000 patients a month. Read more.
Efficacy of Spatially-Fractionated Radiation Therapy (SFRT). Spatially-Fractionated Radiation Therapy (SFRT) delivers high doses of radiation without exceeding the tolerance of critical neighbouring structures, particularly the skin. Read more.