How to find out if IMRT offered?

Does anyone know whether Charing Cross Hospital in London ofers IMRT Radiotherapy? And if not, which hospitals in the London area do offer it and how to get transferred?
I’m scheduled to have surgery in mid-Feb, after neo-adjuvant chemo finishes, with radiotherapy after the wound has healed. I haven’t yet met the radiotherapy specialists.
I know this sounds really “sharp elbowed” but I’ve done my research and it seems that this form of targetted radiotherapy is much safer and better with fewer side effects, and that the UK really lags behind other countries in offering it because the machines are very expensive. Some people are lucky enough to get it and I want to be in that group.
I’ve googled “Charing Cross IMRT” with no succesful results - only Barts saying they are proud to be one of the few London hospitals to offer it.
I’m thinking about this now, because I know that if I have to argue a case it will take time and I want to be ready to discuss the issue with my surgeon later this month.

Hi Fiona

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Best wishes


Hi Fiona
Your post aroused my curiosity as I am currently undergoing radiotherapy at Charing Cross (haven’t a clue what sort of machine they are using as I just go with the flow). I will be at CX tomorrow and I can ask the radiographer if you want - not shy about asking questions!
Had a quick search myself and came across an article (below).
"Expanding Radiotherapy Services
Cymbeline Moore

A SPECIALISED form of radiation treatment that reduces side effects is expanding to head and neck cancers after a successful pilot treating pelvic tumours. This month, Intensity Modulated Riotherapy (IMRT) will begin to be offered to patients, particularly hose with tumours in the nasopharynx, on the Charing Cross and Hammersmith sites.

The treatment uses 3D modelling to deliver a high density dynamic radiation beam to specific areas of a tumour. It is preferable to conventional radiotherapy as it is more accurate, meaning high doses of radiation can be delivered safely, avoiding damage to vital structures which may be harmed using conventional radiotherapy techniques.

By way of example, the treatment will in many cases, avoid treating salivary glands such as the parotid and in doing so, avoid the patient experiencing unpleasant side effects such as a dry mouth.

Dr Mark Glaser, chief of service for radiotherapy, said: “The use of IMRT in conjunction with chemotherapeutic agents and in many cases surgery may undoubtedly improve survival and reduce the most unpleasant side effects in this very complex area of cancer management.”

The introduction of IMRT for patients with head and neck cancer will initially take the form of a pilot programme. It follows a highly successful IMRT test programme for patients with prostate and gynae cancers which started in July.

The expansion in use of IMRT at Charing Cross Hammersmith has meant that Suzanne Harrow, head of therapy, radiography, has initiated several educational programmes for radiographers so that treatment can be given on four of the department’s new linear accelerators."

The article was dated January 2008 and I think is a Charing Cross Newsletter type thing.

Not sure how to post a link on here but if you want to see the actual article I can probably figure out how to do the link.

Hope this helps you.

Take care


Belated thank-you! and apologies for the delay. I hit some issues in my treatment, and after the medical drama was over it took a while for my brain to catch up. All now well and false alarms over. And I have enough info about the radiotherapy that I can file it in “pending” until it is time to take it out. So thannk you again for taking the time to reply so thoroughly.