Research in radiation oncology provides direct clinical benefit to patients (measurable outcomes, used in diagnosis and treatment).
- Radiation oncology research in Australia lacks capacity and resources,
- This limits capability for developing and implementing advances in patient care, and for workforce training and development;
- There is disparity of research funding for radiation oncology compared to its clinical benefit to patients;
- The impact of this may be greater in regional and rural facilities
- Research in radiation oncology is different to pharmacological based research in that:
- randomised clinical trials are more difficult;
- lack of clinical data collection to evaluate technologies;
- novel methodologies are required to evaluate new technologies;
- There is further potential for collaboration between the various research groups, institutions, professions and individuals involved in cancer research.