Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy radiation to treat illnesses. When used as cancer treatment radiotherapy is used to shrink tumours and kill cancer cells by damaging the cells’ DNA. X-rays, gamma-rays, and charged particles are types of radiation used for cancer treatment. If the treatment is given from outside the body it is referred to as external radiotherapy and if it is given from within the body it is referred to as internal radiotherapy.

The overall aims of the Radiotherapy ECAG are to provide specialist advice and guidance to the East Midlands Cancer Alliance, Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Specialist Commissioning Group (SCG) on the standards of service for patients requiring all forms of radiotherapy treatment reflecting current best practice and opportunities for development.

The Radiotherapy ECAG will aim to ensure that patients receive high quality equitable radiotherapeutic cancer care throughout the East Midlands Cancer Alliance regardless of geography or socio-economic factors and will, wherever possible, endeavour to improve the standard of care provided.

Dr Miguel Panades
Consultant in Clinical Oncology.  Head of Service for Radiotherapy.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Future meeting dates:

29th of June 2018; 14th of September 2018; 7th of December 2018 and 8th of March 2019

Key documents
Radiotherapy commissioning policies