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Marie Curie Legacy Campaign on the benefits of radiotherapy

The treatment is being undervalued in cancer care, experts say

Radiotherapy is being undervalued in cancer treatment, experts say

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While half of people with cancer in Europe can benefit from treatment, at least one in four do not receive it. In the UK, the situation is even worse with one in three going without. The warning comes from a report published by the Marie Curie Legacy Campaign.

The report, Radiotherapy: seizing the opportunity in cancer care, says radiotherapy can offer huge benefits. It can be used on its own, or to complement or enhance the effects of other treatments – for example to shrink or control a cancer before and after surgery.

It points to evidence showing 40% of all cancers successfully treated are eliminated by radiotherapy, either alone or acting in combination with other types of treatment. Post-operative radiotherapy for people with breast cancer, for example,


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