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In this report on the second pilot year collection of national radiotherapy data, data were received from 66 out of 74 service locations across Australia. These services contributed information on over 56,400 courses of radiotherapy delivered in 2014–15. For non-emergency treatment, 50% of patients started treatment within 10 days and 90% started within 28 days. For those who needed emergency treatment, 91% began treatment within the emergency timeframe.
38% of radiotherapy was palliative (50% started treatment within 6 days, 90% started treatment within 19 days)
2% of courses were emergency (where treatment should begin within 24 hours). Most of these cases were palliative
58% of radiotherapy was curative (50% started treatment within 14 days, 90% started treatment within 33 days)
69% of patients starting a course of radiotherapy treatment were aged 60 and over
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