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March 30, 2020

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry retweeted a post from the Radiotherapy4Life campaign, thanking the healthcare professionals involved in radiotherapy provision at this challenging time. We thank him and you for your work and support.

March 30, 2020

Coronavirus Updates

Action Radiotherapy are collating reliable, up-to-date resources on covid-19 and its impact on radiotherapy patients and workforce. Please see the dedicated news page on our website, updated daily, as well as our Twitter feed, for more information. Take care and stay informed.

March 30, 2020

COVID-19: Is the NHS Making the Right Decisions on Cancer Treatment?

Hello, Professor Karol Sikora here. And I'm going to talk about the implications of COVID-19 on cancer treatment in the UK. As you know, COVID-19 is causing widespread problems in all health services around the world, and Britain is no exception. Good planning is in place here and already all routine surgery has stopped. Patients that don't need to be in hospital have been discharged. And a lot of effort has come around the critical care end of medicine to make sure we have as much capacity as possible, both in the public hospitals and in the private hospitals, to treat patients for the respiratory complications of COVID-19. How does that leave cancer patients?

March 30, 2020

Specialty training and coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for trainees and trainers

We know that at this time the uncertainties about what will happen around exams, training and progression are causing considerable anxiety. We are working with the GMC, national training organisations, heads of schools and training programme directors in the UK to develop approaches to minimise the disruption to trainees’ progression. Trainees’ welfare is very important to us and we will do all we can to provide clarity and reassurance to all involved in training.

March 30, 2020

Radiologists gather COVID-19 second opinions from far-flung peers using WhatsApp

The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to overwhelm busy provider organizations, especially those that are short on CT scanners or thoracic radiologists. Such shortages are particularly acute in Iran, which has logged more than 29,000 coronavirus cases as of Thursday and 2,200-plus deaths. It’s one of the hardest hit countries in the world and yet radiologists there have grappled with inadequate resources. Aiming to address this shortfall, Iranian imaging physicians helped to create a smartphone-based solution using the social media program WhatsApp. They’ve found early success, uploading more than 1,100 CT studies to the platform for assistance, with reports generated in less than two hours in 100% of cases.
News Story: Radiology Business News

March 30, 2020

Managing mental health challenges faced by healthcare workers during covid-19 pandemic

The covid-19 pandemic is likely to put healthcare professionals across the world in an unprecedented situation, having to make impossible decisions and work under extreme pressures. These decisions may include how to allocate scant resources to equally needy patients, how to balance their own physical and mental healthcare needs with those of patients, how to align their desire and duty to patients with those to family and friends, and how to provide care for all severely unwell patients with constrained or inadequate resources. This may cause some to experience moral injury or mental health problems.

March 30, 2020

SBRT Use for Prostate Cancer Doubled Over 5 Years, But Still Remains Low

Use of stereotactic body radiotherapy treatment (SBRT) for prostate cancer doubled from 2010 to 2015, according to the largest retrospective analysis to date, but potential disparities in treatment need to be evaluated. “[SBRT] is a hypofractionated, cost-effective treatment option for localized prostate cancer,” explained Sean S. Mahase, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, and co-investigators, who used a population-based cohort of newly diagnosed patients with prostate cancer to characterize trends in the use of SBRT as a definitive treatment method. The retrospective analysis evaluated clinical and socioeconomic factors of 106,926 patients with prostate cancer who underwent definitive radiotherapy.
News Story: Oncology Learning Network

March 29, 2020

Guidelines for Radiation Therapy with COVID-19 Urge Less Treatment

New guidelines for radiation oncologists suggest that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, interactions with healthcare professionals should be done remotely where possible, and treatments should be avoided or delayed to minimize strains on the system and risks to the patient. The guidelines, "Prostate Cancer Radiotherapy Recommendations in Response to COVID-19," were published in the journal Advances in Radiation Oncology.
News Story: Prostate Cancer News Today

March 29, 2020

NICE - COVID-19 rapid guideline: delivery of radiotherapy

The purpose of this guideline is to maximise the safety of patients who need radiotherapy and make the best use of NHS resources, while protecting staff from infection. It will also enable services to match the capacity for radiotherapy to patient needs if services become limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

March 29, 2020

Covid-19: Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Society of Radiographers guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Version 2 - updated 26 March 2020.

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