To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if will he make an assessment on the effectiveness of precision radiotherapy treatment to improve outcomes for cancer patients unable to undertake surgery or immunosuppressive chemotherapy during the covid-19 outbreak.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
20 May 2020
Where it is not possible to proceed with standard care treatments, such as surgery or chemotherapy, it may be clinically appropriate to offer radiotherapy.
These are decisions which are necessarily informed by multi-disciplinary clinical teams and discussion with individual patients in the context of weighing the risks and benefits.
The Royal College of Radiologists has made available to its members a wide body of literature to help guide individual decision making and clinicians are encouraged to make use of this resource.