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Dramatic Changes to Radiotherapy Treatments Due to COVID-19

University of Leeds

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Dramatic changes were seen in the delivery of radiotherapy treatments for cancer during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in England.

Much shorter radiotherapy courses were delivered, treatments were delayed where it was safe to do so and some increases were seen in order to compensate for reduced surgical capacity.

Experts believe the changes reflect an impressive adaption of services by the NHS, and that the overall impact on cancer outcomes is likely to be modest.

The new research, led by the University, with Public Health England and the Royal College of Radiologists ...