Hundreds of cancer patients dying due to radiotherapy shortfall

Those with pancreatic tumours were most likely to miss out

Lives are being cut short because radio­therapy is underused, with nearly half of eligible patients with cancer missing out, research suggests.

radiotherapy machine

More than 400 patients die from cancer every year in NSW alone because the treatment is suboptimally used compared with evidence-based guidelines, a study has found.

Researchers from the ­Ingham Institute for Applied ­Medical Research in Sydney analysed outcomes for all 20,741 new cancer cases seen in NSW in 2006 to determine how many did not receive radiation treatment when it could have