GP information: 4th May

Monday May 4th

During the COVID-19 outbreak it has become increasingly important to keep cancer pathways open for your cancer patients to ensure they can continue to receive the care they need as quickly as possible.

Here we introduce our revised radiotherapy treatment protocols offered through our specialist outpatient centres.

Revised radiotherapy protocols

We have made significant changes to our clinical treatment protocols for the main tumour groups to enable us to continue to treat patients safely, without delays while still achieving the best possible outcome for every patient.

We continue to work closely with our clinicians, the Royal College of Radiologists, European Society for Radiotherapy and other associations such as the American Brachytherapy Society and UK Breast Cancer Group to ensure that our clinical protocols are aligned with emerging clinical evidence.

Here’s a list of our revised radiotherapy protocols and techniques which are in line with the Royal College of Radiologists guidelines. These are delivered at all our centres.

  • Gynaecological malignancies
  • Breast cancers
  • Head cancers
  • Lower GI
  • Urological malignancies
  • Sarcomas
  • Upper GI malignancies
  • Lung cancers
  • Neurological cancers*

 * Provided at our neuro-oncology centre of excellence in Oxford

All patient referrals for new protocols are reviewed by our clinical reference groups and clinical advisory teams to ensure compliance with eligibility criteria. At our weekly virtual MDTs, we discuss every cancer patient’s case and make individualised patient decisions, based on risk versus benefit of treatment, taking into account the patient’s comorbidities and preferences. A treatment plan report is shared with key clinicians as well as the patient’s GP.

Our protocols are explained in more detail here by our Chief Medical Officer, Penny Kechagioglou.

Our centres

GenesisCare is the UK’s leading independent cancer treatment provider offering chemotherapy, radiotherapy and diagnostics. Our advanced and innovative treatments and techniques ensure we offer all our patients the best possible outcome.

All 14 of our specialist oncology outpatient centres remain open so we can continue to treat without delay and are able to accept new referrals for diagnostics, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. We are operating a safe environment, with modified practices to protect patients and staff and many of our centres operate as stand-alone clinics.

To refer or for any enquiries about our pathways, contact one of our centres directly.

How to access

We are recognised by all the leading private health insurers for cancer treatment. A GP referral letter is usually required and we can support the patient’s application to ensure speedy approval. For patients who wish to self-fund, prices are available by calling the centre.

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