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RadPro 365 Live News-Zone for April 2020

News-Zone Focus

Innovations in Radiotherapy

Our leading monthly industry profile of the latest innovative products and services in radiotherapy. 
This month we feature PTW-UK.
Introducing UNIDOS Tango and Romeo – the next generation of reference class dosimeters
Nearly 100 years after PTW introduced the first therapy X-ray dosemeter, the third generation of Unidos electrometers has arrived with new and innovative features and unrivalled performance.
The UNIDOS Tango is a reference class dosimeter and exceeds both IEC and IPEM requirements, featuring a 0.1fA resolution and a 1V step bias setting. Its built-in camera utilises IDR technology to scan connected detectors and automatically upload detector details including calibration values
With the easy to use capacitive touchscreen display the unit can be operated standalone on set or using the LAN/WLAN connectivity you have full wireless remote control and access to measurement data. The unit also performs mean and SD calculations on stored data.
The younger brother to Tango, the UNIDOS Romeo, is a reference class dosimeter without the connectivity and scanner technology designed to be a world-class field instrument.
For more information on the new UNIDOS range see:
or contact your Sales Representative at

 Social Media Spotlight

Tweets of the Month
We highlight some of the most popular and interesting tweets of the month from partners, just click on the tweet to go directly to their live feed.
PTW is on LinkedIn
are working to present products and solutions to customers in digital format to stay connected in the current health crisis. Read more here

News-Zone comment and analysis

Monthly Blog

A radiographer’s life. A 40-year career in radiotherapy.

The April blog written for RadPro by Duncan Hynd DCR(t)

Should the NHS purchase private radiotherapy provision for its patients to reduce the spread of Covid-19, release pressure on the NHS and save lives?

“Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives” is the current, slightly authoritarian mantra of our new Boris Johnson led government however it does seem to be working which is good news. The days of “get Brexit done” seem many eons ago and I am sure we would happily return to those days of “leavers and remainers”. That however is history now and at some stage soon so will this Covid-19 pandemic, at least for a period of time.

Pic: The Rutherford cancer centres “advert” recently seen by me at Bristol Airport.

The main the point of my blog is this. Why is the NHS not subcontracting the private radiotherapy delivery sector at this critical time and not just private hospital beds and ventilators? The NHS have started to prioritise patients for radiotherapy treatment, unheard of until now but is that action wholly necessary?

Read more

Question of the month

What is SARS-CoV-2? What is COVID-19?
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name given to the 2019 novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease associated with the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
Read more. 

Did you know? 

In 1953 Mount Vernon Hospital received a Cobalt 60 Super-Voltage teletherapy unit for the treatment of deep-seated tumours - the first of its kind in England - a gift from the British Empire Cancer Campaign in Canada.
Our May blog coming out very soon takes a historical journey from 80’s London to 21st century Africa exploring the use and exploitation of this rare blue metal so keep a
look out on our blog page for this edition.

Editor’s comment
Prof Karol Sikora - a “shout-out” from RadPro

I have been fortunate to have known Prof Karol Sikora for many years and I think that in the time of “shout-outs” for people working in the care system, a special mention needs to be made about Karol and for what many are calling on twitter his “common sense, optimistic and voice of reason” approach to informing the general public about the realities of the Covid-19 pandemic while also putting this disease into perspective especially when compared to the field he is more known for, that being cancer and radiotherapy.
I have attached two tweets below, one from Lucy Alan MP and one of his own as an example. I believe that he only set up his twitter feed very recently simply to keep people informed in his inimitable way, a powerful addition to his regular feedback on the radio and television recently.
My earlier blog in April also focused on the sense of perspective that radiotherapy professionals are able to offer currently:
“There is nothing so patient, in this world or any other, as a virus searching for a host.”- Mira Grant– however, we need to put
Covid-19 into perspective and as radiotherapy professionals we are well positioned to do this.
Read more

The broadcaster David Attenborough is mentioned in the blog as to why at 93 he is only ‘mildly worried’ about coronavirus and how reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated and the need to keep a sense of proportion over Covid-19”. A lot has changed since the blog was written as the crisis is very fast-moving but I believe the main thrust is still very relevant.
Between David and Karol, we are able to see some positive light at the end of
tunnel and so my “shout-out” is for Prof Karol Sikora and his realism, considered and thought-provoking opinions, thank you!

RadPro TV

What we’re watching. We showcase selected videos of interest to our readers in radiotherapy from our partners.

“A world where cancer is conquered”, a very interesting and thought provoking video from our partner RaySearch. Watch here. 

UK and World News

What we’re reading. Our curated news feed
What we’re reading from partner companies in radiotherapy
Advanced treatment planning system RayStation chosen for leading cancer clinics in the Netherlands. RaySearch Laboratories AB shares news that its advanced planning system for radiation therapy treatment will be adopted by Haaglanden Medical Center, Leiden University Medical Center and Haga Hospital. Read more. 

RayStation-supported accelerator-based BNCT system in Japan receives the world’s first market clearance as a medical device. RaySearch Laboratories AB shares news that Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. (SHI), has obtained market clearance for the manufacture and sale of an accelerator-based boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) system and dose calculation program as medical devices. Read more. 

Study to demonstrate the superiority of a single treatment of electron-beam IORT compared with weeks of standard radiation therapy. IntraOp Medical Corporation announced today (22.4.20) the enrolment of the first patient in the Cosmopolitan Trial: A Prospective, randomized Phase II study of single treatment electron-beam intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) delivered during surgery compared to hypofractionated external beam radiation therapy which is delivered daily over the course of 3-4 weeks. Read more. 
Trial information is available here.

What we’re reading in the press and international media, some selected, thought-provoking stories:
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.
Read  more


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. 

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