MP urges Government to stop dragging their feet over new radiotherapy study

Local MP Tim Farron has pressed the Government to stop dragging their feet over a new study which looks into the effect that long travel times have on a cancer patient’s ability to recover. Back in January, during a Westminster Hall debate on access to cancer treatment led by Tim, the health minister Jackie Doyle-Price announced that the Government will produce a report on whether travel times affect treatment outcomes.
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One Response to “MP urges Government to stop dragging their feet over new radiotherapy study”

  1. John Gooderham

    A succession of reports since 2007 have repeated the well established assumption that increased travel times have a detrimental effect on outcomes for patients receiving radiotherapy. That is why the maximum of 45 minutes has been accepted as the national requirement. Anecdotally, there is plenty of evidence to support that contention. Elderly women especially cannot face the prospect of spending over an hour in a car and either don’t start treatment or give up part way through. There is, however, very little published research to provide robust evidence of this effect. Although nobody denies the validity of the hypothesis, the collection of data to demonstrate is lacking.