Radiotherapy uses radiation directed at a localised area to kill or damage cancer cells. It is a well-established, effective and safe way to treat cancer and a small number of other conditions. Radiotherapy is an important type of cancer treatment, and delays in treatment can lead to poorer clinical outcomes. Radiotherapy can be provided to patients with the aim of preventing or curing disease, or as palliative care.

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50% of all radiotherapy patients received treatment within 10 days and 90% received treatment within 27 days

For those who needed emergency radiotherapy (1.5% of courses), 96% began treatment on the same or next day