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What is radiation oncology? Here, patients and their families can find a comprehensive guide of radiotherapy treatments in Belgium.

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Healthcare Professionals and radiation oncology

As a medical professional, you're familiar with the basics of radiotherapy. Visit the following pages for a more elaborate approach on the topic.

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Healthcare Policy makers and radiation oncology

Radiation oncology is not like other medical specialties. This section deals with existing quality initiatives and cost-effectiveness.

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Quality initiatives

Long before any other medical specialty, radiation oncologists, strongly helped by their colleague medical physicists, seriously invested in structural quality control measures. Noteworthy are for instance these initiatives:

  1. The presence of a radiation oncologist and a medical physicist during all treatments;
  2. The nation-wide use of advanced 'record and verify' informatics systems to automate data transfer and the trace exactly what has been done on what patient;
  3. Participation prospective egistries to obtain structured data on obtained results, e.g. the 2013 convention on stereotactic radiotherapy and other advanced radiation techniques;
  4. A reimbursement system that actively stimulates the use of quality-improving techniques. The new version of the reimbursement system ('nomenclature') goes further in this philosophy;
  5. The widespread use of state-of-the art technology, with very high percentages of patients treated with the more advanced techniques like IMRT and IGRT;
  6. The investment in new technology for stereotactic radiotherapy;
  7. The enthusiastic participation in hundreds of multidisciplinary teams and conversations all over the country, assisting medical oncologists and organ specialists in finding more effective and better tolerated treatments;
  8. National collaboration programs led by the 'college of radiotherapy' aiming at increasing quality in a specific frequently performed treatment. After a 'Procare' project for rectal cancer, a 'Procab' project on breast cancer was launched in 2013;
  9. Hosting renowned international organisations active in (radiation)oncology on Belgian soil, and being member of these organisations (Belgians are well represented as members in organisations like ESTRO, EORTC, ECCO, ...);
  10. Offering young radiation oncologists in training the possibility to take part in a comprehensive national training system, organised during Saturday courses. On top of these courses, residential seminars are offered avoiding that individual departments should have to organize this training in a more limited way locally;
  11. Participating in medical research;
  12. With support from the federal government, the installation of a quality control unit in all departments, led by a quality control manager;
  13. The preparation of a national reporting system for accidents and incidents;
  14. ... And many other initiatives!

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More on quality and safety can be found in the section of this website for medical professionals.