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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
Breast and prostate cancers were the most common cancers—50% of these patients started treatment within 10 days
For patients who were clinically assessed as emergency patients, 91% began treatment on the same day or the next day
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