RT Essential Standards
integrating radiotherapy in cancer plans
To avoid preventable cancer-related deaths, a national cancer plan is a critical component to a country’s healthcare system. It is imperative they reduce incidence, lower mortality rates and improve the quality of life of patients. Despite 50-60% of cancer patients receiving radiotherapy during their course of treatment, radiotherapy is often neglected when cancer plans are developed. Additionally, technology in radiotherapy has rapidly evolved in the past 10 years making many cancer plans outdated.
To support global advocacy efforts aimed at improving cancer outcomes, the GCR is facilitating a discussion to create a framework of key components that should be considered when developing or updating a national cancer plan.
Review our 5 key component and submit your feedback and additional contributions. These are LIVING DOCUMENTS and not in their final form, you may see track changes from the working group leads and your feedback, submitted by selecting the button below, will be considered in the updated versions.
Watch the on-demand recording of the London Global Cancer Week Event: How to integrate radiotherapy in national cancer plans.
The GCR has hosted a series of webinars to develop the framework:
18 April 2023
Organized to create a framework of key components for developing or updating a national cancer plan while focusing on listing issues to be addressed in the framework, examining existing guides for radiotherapy planning, and began developing the high level framework.
13 June 2023
Examined five key components that should be considered when either developing or updating a national cancer plan, with presentations made by a team of expert panelists. Defined working groups to focus on "the essentials" for each of the five key components.
12 September 2023 and 26 September 2023
Working groups presented their findings in the research process for reaction from the broader group while discussing future strategies and components that need to be developed like AI and advance technology planning, understanding global health systems, interacting with ministries of health and governments.
14 November 2023
GCR co-hosted an event at London Global Cancer Week with panelists and keynote speakers from our contributing community, discussing "how to integrate radiotherapy in cancer control plans". There is an open call to the global radiotherapy community to review the working group documents and submit feedback.