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Study shows effect of COVID-19 pandemic on radiotherapy

There was a 19.9% drop in the number of radiotherapy treatment courses received by cancer patients in April, a 6.2% drop in May and an 11.6% decline in June during the COVID-19 pandemic in England last year, compared with the same periods in the previous year, according to a study in The Lancet Oncology. Researchers compared the use of radiation therapy services between pre-pandemic and through June 2020 and also found an increase in the use of hypofractionated radiotherapy, as well as in the number of treatment courses among patients with cancers of the esophagus, rectum and bladder.

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