The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on radiotherapy services in England, UK: a population-based study

Dr Mymoona Alzouebi

“It is estimated that one third of all cancer patients will require radiotherapy during their cancer journey.

In the attached study, the data shows the impact the pandemic has had on radiotherapy services. Whilst some areas have seen significant reduction in radiotherapy treatments – cancers of the bladder, rectum and oesophagus witnessed an increase. This may be a reflection of the reduced surgical activity. Changes in services has also allowed for increased use of hypo-fractionated regimens – especially in breast and prostate cancer.”

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