Radiation oncologists request more regulation

Andrew Van Dam

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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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