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UK radiotherapy access scheme names participating hospitals

21st November 2013

NHS England has announced the list of provider hospitals chosen to take part in a new 4.8 million pound radiotherapy initiative.

The ten centres will provide selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) – which is used to treat liver tumours – to around 220 patients a year, as part of a time-limited programme called Commissioning through Evaluation.

Participating hospitals include sites in Newcastle, Leeds, Oxford, Southampton, Birmingham, Nottingham, Cambridge and London.

SIRT is not routinely funded by the NHS, as current evidence does not yet demonstrate sufficient clinical and cost-effectiveness for its routine use. This trial programme will help to generate additional clinical data, while also allowing patients to benefit from this form of therapy.

Dr Adrian Crellin, chair of NHS England's SIRT Commissioning through Evaluation steering group, said: "NHS England is committed to expanding access to all forms of specialist radiotherapy and we await the outcome of this innovative commissioning programme with some anticipation."

Almost half of all people in the UK with cancer have radiotherapy as part of their treatment plan, according to NHS data.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801663697-ADNFCR

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