Will we still need radiotherapy in 20 years? This was the question posed at CONCERT’s second roundtable held on Wednesday 17th June and the answer provided by Scientia Professor, Michael Barton was a resounding “Yes.”
According to Professor Barton, the demand for radiotherapy will, not only exist, but will also significantly increase. He explained that over the next 20 years, 12 million people will need radiotherapy. To service these people, 22,000 Mega Voltage (MV) machines will be needed: an increase of 13,500 machines.
Speaking to 71 participants who joined via Zoom, Professor Barton delved into a range of studies showing the benefits of radiotherapy with a particular focus on the benefits of the MRI Linac machine. In addition to the ability of the MRI Linac to track and monitor the movement of tumours during radiation therapy, Professor Barton discussed the use of MRI for radiation response prediction as well as its potential use for curing metastatic disease in the future.
With his thorough insight into the world of radiotherapy for cancer, Professor Barton easily convinced participants that radiotherapy is here to stay and will offer increasing benefits to cancer patients.
“MRI will deliver new ways of curing more people,” Professor Barton declared.
CONCERT hold a roundtable each month. Watch this space for next month’s topic to be announced soon.