Reviewing children’s conventional radiotherapy services - Charities, Patients and their Families

25 March 2021 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location TBC

In the past few years we have seen huge advancements in children’s cancer treatment, and more children are surviving than ever before.   In addition to traditional radiotherapy, proton beam therapy (PBT) is established as a safe and effective treatment for many children’s cancers, particularly as it offers an advantage in minimising tissue damage for tumours near sensitive areas of the body. The Christie Hospital in Manchester is the first NHS centre to offer high-energy PBT, and capacity will expand as PBT facilities open at University College London Hospital (UCLH) later this year.

In order to keep abreast of improvements in treatment options, our children’s services must be fit for the future of cancer care. Services will need to adapt as the way we can treat children’s cancers continues to improve, as we have professionals trained in new technologies, and the right facilities and equipment, as part of a co-ordinated approach to managing care.

The review of children’s radiotherapy services in England will do this by drawing on the knowledge of expert doctors and medical staff and the insights of patients and their families. Early conversations are underway to understand the opportunities and challenges we face, and the potential solutions to making sure all children can access the care they need. We will continue to work with medical leaders and professionals groups, and with the Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent, to understand the issues from all perspectives before we move forward with proposals for a future model of radiotherapy services for children.

To join the conversation and hear more about the review, please sign up for this webinar, which will be held as an online Teams meeting, so you will need access to a computer or laptop to join. You can also join by phone, but will not be able to view the presentation. Full instructions will be sent a few days before the webinars take place.

To hear more about the review and how you can share your views as work progresses, please register as a stakeholder for the Radiotherapy CRG (clinical reference group):

https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/application/crg-stakeholder-reg-april-2019/

Questions about this event?

Name: Spec Comm Engagement Team

Email: england.scengagement@nhs.net

Telephone: 07900123456

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