Action Radiotherapy launches petition

Action Radiotherapy has launched a petition calling on Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, to reverse the cuts in radiotherapy as a cancer treatment and to fund cases where clinicians believe their patient will benefit from specific types of treatment, such as Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR). You can sign the petition here. Please help us spread the word. Thank you.

3 Responses to “Action Radiotherapy launches petition”

  1. Clive Stone

    This is a very important petition which needs all of you to sign please as it may soon affect every patient with cancer. As you may know I have now had 31 of my 34 brain tumours treated with Gamma Knife surgery over the last four years which works! So please support this excellent campaign before we lose this RT option. Already we have the support of Lawrence Dallaglio, the former English rugby captain who is to meet the PM soon to discuss on our behalf. We must ensure that the government honours its promise made to cancer patients almost two years ago regarding greater use of innovative RT.

    I’ve just signed the petition “Stop NHS England cuts to radiotherapy funding” and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.

    This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-nhs-england-cuts-to-radiotherapy-funding

    Thank you!

    P.S. Can you also take a moment to share the petition with others? It’s really easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Face book or Twitter:

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-nhs-england-cuts-to-radiotherapy-funding

  2. Stephen Tozer-Loft

    Yes to more funding for radiotherapy.
    Yes to more advanced radiotherapy.
    Yes to a stereotactic tariff (is that what this is about?) if its well thought out.
    A cautious yes to opening the Cancer Drugs Fund up to radiotherapy.
    But the NHS is right to look long and hard for clear evidence on novel treatments. I understand the difficulties faced by individual patients who believe that SABR can help them, but I’m not sure this petition captures the actual feelings of the radiotherapy community, or is the best way to improve the quality and quantity of radiotherapy that we deliver. Has the wording of this petition been agreed with the Radiotherapy Board for instance?

  3. Pat Price

    Stephen –glad you are supportive of Action Radiotherapy’s recent campaign to try and secure more funding for advanced radiotherapy. I suspect all would agrees a well thought out tariff for Stereotactic Radiotherapy would be welcome.
    Many have argued that SABR is not a novel treatment having been developed in the 1980s / early 90s with the RSSearch™ registry recently reporting outcomes for over 11,000 patients treated with Stereotactic Radiosurgery and SABR. The UK SABR consortium is doing a great job developing research proposals to develop the clinical evidence needed for these treatments to become routinely available in the NHS. However, the current experience is that cost cutting by NHS England is significantly reducing access to SABR in the UK at a time when many within the radiotherapy community are making the argument for more funding of innovate radiotherapy techniques and many patients-including Clive who has left a message above-are extremely upset about this. Hence the focus on this technique in the words of this petition.
    If patients or the radiotherapy community feel there are other important areas for action, Action Radiotherapy would be more than happy to assist where they can. Indeed these forums were created to assist such debate amongst the community.
    Pat Price, Chair, Action Radiotherapy