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In 2015–16, 60,600 courses of radiotherapy were delivered in Australia. For non-emergency treatment, 50% of patients started treatment within 9 days, and 90% within 27 days. For those who needed emergency treatment, 91% began treatment within the emergency timeframe. Data covered effectively 100% of courses delivered in Australia.
For patients who needed emergency radiotherapy, 91% began radiotherapy on the same day or the next day
58% of radiotherapy was curative (50% started treatment within 14 days, 90% started treatment within 29 days)
Of female patients being treated for breast cancer, 50% started treatment within 8 days, and 90% within 28 days
2% of radiotherapy courses were emergency. Most of these cases were palliative
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