Radiation oncologists request more regulation

The New York Times’ Walt Bogdanich reviewed the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s new six-point plan, most of which seem to be a response to Bogdanich’s series (Part 1 | Part 2) on serious radiation errors. As a whole, Bogdanich writes, the plan seems to signal a push for more standardized, consistent and universal regulation of radiation treatment in the United States.

The group’s six-part plan includes creating a database of errors, enhancing accreditation programs, improving training, working with patient support organizations to help patients and caregivers better communicate with their radiation oncologist, further development of a compliance program for technologies from different manufacturers and providing expertise and support to policymakers to pass an act requiring national standards.


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