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Australia needs more cancer treatment development

11 October 2011 - 4:04pm

Australians could benefit from further development in the latest in cancer treatments according to The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (ANZSPR).

The group is currently in the middle of hosting their 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting, scheduled to finish on October 12, where leading experts will discuss the latest in treatment options that could change the lives of many Australians.

According to ANZSPR: "Approximately 50 per cent of Australians diagnosed with cancer would benefit from some form of radiotherapy as part of their treatment.

"Radiotherapy is estimated to contribute to 40 per cent of cases where cancer is cured, however many Australians are not aware of the benefits and the significant developments that are being made in the area of radiotherapy."

Cancer sufferers with private health insurance may be able to access benefits that will help pay for the in-hospital costs of radiotherapy treatment.

ANZSPR says that new technological developments are available in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, however Australia is falling behind when it comes to introducing them.

The group aims to use the meeting to collaborate on methods to bring Australia up to speed in order to better treat those suffering from cancer.