Radiation Oncology – Trends to Improve Radiotherapy

Dattoli Cancer Center

September 2, 2022

Radiation Oncology - Trends to Improve Radiotherapy - Michael Dattoli

Multidisciplinary treatment is evolving from a series of isolated procedures to an integrated approach that combines radiation oncology, medical oncology, and allied health services. This interdisciplinary approach considers treatment options, establishes a treatment plan, and provides supportive care. As a result, radiation oncology centers are gaining more expertise in particular techniques and malignancies. They are relying more on networks for collaboration. They will also increasingly refer patients to specialist cancer centers for more complex treatments and diagnoses.

Market share of North America

The market for radiation oncology in North America is expected to contribute to the global industry’s growth significantly. This is mainly due to the region’s significant healthcare expenditure, increased cancer incidence, and high use of new oncology procedures. Furthermore, the area is home to prominent players on the field.

Leading companies have implemented partnerships and new technology launches to expand their regional footprints. For instance, SOFIE Biosciences, Inc., has signed a strategic alliance with Jubilant Radiopharma to expand its manufacturing capacity in the U.S. In addition, Eckert & Ziegler has announced its plans to develop a cGMP facility for radiopharmaceutical services in the U.S. These initiatives will help in expanding the market for radiation oncology.

The U.S. holds a substantial share of the North American radiation oncology market. Rising health expenditure, adoption of advanced medical device technologies, and focus on improving treatment outcomes are driving this market’s growth. Unfortunately, the prevalence of cancer is also increasing in the U.S., according to the World Health Organization (WHO). One in every seven people will die from cancer by 2020. This high incidence rate has been linked to sedentary lifestyles and poor diets.

The treatment plan uses multiple imaging modalities.

Radiation oncology uses a combination of imaging techniques to create a treatment plan. Ideally, the program will be personalized for each patient’s unique cancer and treatment goals. Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) is one of these methods. Radiation oncologists can use images from multiple imaging modalities to pinpoint where and how much radiation to give to the tumor. This type of radiation therapy can be delivered in several treatments over days or weeks.

In addition to C.T., MR and PET can be used to provide additional information on tumor location. M.R. provides better contrast between soft and hard tissues than C.T. and can help physicians better define the tumor. PET also helps in identifying tumors because it can detect metabolic activity. In addition, the combination of imaging modalities allows radiation oncologists to adjust the radiation dosage for aggressive tumors.

Imaging is essential for radiation oncology because it allows oncologists to see tumor changes throughout radiation therapy. The ability to visualize lesions during treatment is crucial for improving patient outcomes. In addition, with advanced imaging, physicians can customize radiation treatment by considering a tumor’s position, shape, and other factors.

Cost-effectiveness of radiation therapy

Many factors contribute to the cost of radiation therapy. However, most of the variability is due to factors that are not directly related to the patient or disease. This suggests inefficiency in health care spending. Future research should investigate the reasons for the cost variation and whether it correlates with improved patient outcomes.

One of the main reasons for the variation in costs is the addition of additional treatment options. New treatments, such as robot-assisted surgery and intensity-modulated radiation therapy, are becoming more popular and may increase the price. In addition, the number of fractions administered has changed.

This study used the data from Medicare to estimate the cost of radiation therapy. It used the National Provider Index (NPI) codes and the associated Unique Physician Identification Number (UPIN) to calculate costs. In addition, the study examined the costs for hospital outpatient services, such as consultation, simulation, weekly treatment management, delivery, and treatment planning.

Adverse effects of radiation therapy

Radiation therapy is one of the most common methods of treating cancer. It kills cancer cells in the body but can cause various side effects, including fatigue and skin changes. Side effects vary from patient to patient, depending on the dose and body part treated. The treatment can also lead to changes in the heart and lungs.

Some radiation side effects are acute, while others are long-term. These side effects may be related to the type of cancer or area being treated. Early side effects can be controlled and disappear quickly, while late side effects may take years to appear and may be permanent. Some of the most common early side effects include fatigue, skin problems, and hair loss.

Another side effect of radiation therapy is the risk of another cancer. But the trouble is minimal compared to the benefits of the treatment.