SROA Advocacy Patient Safety Questions
The recent series of New York Times articles about safety lapses and regulatory shortfalls in the radiation oncology field is likely to have created some unwarranted concern among patients who are candidates for radiation treatment. Although each radiation therapy treatment team has many safety checks and procedures to ensure that each treatment is given as planned, some patients and caregivers might have technical questions about radiation therapy. For those interested in the technical aspects of radiation, SROA has prepared questions (and responses) a patient may wish to ask their radiation oncologist about quality assurance at the program they will be receiving therapy. Please talk to your patients about the safety protocols at your facility. You also can encourage patients to visit www.rtanswers.org for a list of questions they might wish to ask about their treatments. SROA's Advocacy Committee has compiled patient safety questions and answers so your practice will be ready to ease patient concerns.
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For more on patient safety view ASTRO's six-point patient safety plan. Click Here to view ASTRO's six point plan.
SROA Comments on Quality Radiation Therapy
The SROA Advocacy Committee prepared a statement, which Congressman Myrick will introduce at the House Subcommittee on Health hearing on Medical Radiation - An Overview of the Issues, February 26, 2010.
SROA Supports ASTRO Response to New York Times Stereotactic Surgery Article
Dec. 28, 2010, New York Times article on stereotactic surgery overdoses, several instances of tragic injuries were reported and the profession taken to task for a continuing lack of oversight. The article, "A Pinpoint Beam Strays Invisibly, Harming Instead of Healing," stated that nothing had been done to establish a central database for reporting misadministration overdoses, despite the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) calling for its establishment. Read more ...
New York Times Addresses Quality of Radiation Treatment
The New York Times has published recently several articles on radiation therapy.
- Medical Group Urges New Rules on Radiation
- Radiation treatments can turn deadly
- As Technology Surges, Radiation Safeguards Lag
- Case Studies: When Medical Radiation Goes Awry