Parliamentary Reception: Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy Saves Lives & Improves Quality of Life

This year more than 350,000 people in the UK will hear their doctor say, “It’s cancer.” Imagine it’s you or a loved one who’s diagnosed. You’d want access to the most effective, comprehensive treatment program that would maximise your chance of recovery and preserve your quality of life. In many cases, an essential component of that program is radiotherapy.

Despite its proven value, only 40 percent to 60 percent of patients with cancer across the globe have access to radiotherapy. That’s why on November 14, Tim Farron MP in partnership with AdvaMed, the United States Trade Association for Advanced Medical Technologies, will host a meeting to shine a light on radiotherapy and the benefits that it can bring to patients and in improving cancer outcomes.

We ask that you consider contacting your MP and requesting that they attend this important event on behalf of people living with cancer in the UK. You can find out who your MP is and their contact details by putting in the postcode at the link here, and follow these steps in making the request:

  • Please send them an email to alert them a Parliamentary Reception about radiotherapy is taking place between 4-6 pm in the Strangers Dining Room on Tuesday 14th November. You will need to include your name and address on the email.
  • If you haven’t received a response after two weeks, you may wish to follow up with an email or via telephone.
  • Please let us know (Tessa@mapmedtech.com) if your MP has indicated that they are able to attend.

Here is a template email that you might like to consider sending to your MP.

Dear [NAME],

As your constituent and a cancer [patient/survivor/relative], I am writing to ask you to attend an event in Parliament on 14th November 2017 to learn about radiotherapy and the benefits that it can bring to patients in improving cancer outcomes. The event, hosted by Tim Farron and AdvaMed, the United States Trade Association for Advanced Medical Technologies, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Strangers’ Dining Room, House of Commons, and will feature Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, the lead Minister for cancer services.

[you may wish to add reference to your personal experience of radiotherapy].

I would be grateful if you could take the time to attend the event and speak to representatives from the local and national NHS, patient and professional groups to find out about the benefits of radiotherapy. There will be a photocall and press release for you to use in local media and on your website.

Thank you very much for your time.

Yours sincerely

[INSERT NAME]

[INSERT POSTAL ADDRESS]