Dr Amish Lakhani (pictured), consultant radiologist at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, has been called upon to give written evidence to the House of Commons as part of an inquiry into radiotherapy services in England.
Dr Amish Lakhani (pictured), consultant radiologist at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, has been called upon to give written evidence to the House of Commons as part of an inquiry into radiotherapy services in England. Dr Lakhani recently published a research paper highlighting the importance of close working relationships between imaging and radiotherapy teams, as practiced between us and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre.
In his submission to the House of Commons, Dr Lakhani stressed the vital nature of very close collaboration between specialist oncological imaging and radiotherapy professionals, and the importance of patients having access to centres where this is practised.
He said: “As advanced radiation therapy and imaging techniques are becoming more widely adopted, clinical radiologists and radiation oncologists should be aware of novel imaging and treatment developments in each other’s specialties, which will help to achieve the best possible treatment outcomes for patients. The use of next-generation imaging techniques will be key to facilitating the use of novel treatment developments. Close collaboration between clinical radiology and radiation oncology departments will assist in these high-precision treatment advancements, which allow personalised medicine for cancer patients.
Paul Strickland Scanner Centre and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre have forged an extremely close clinical working relationship in order to achieve this. Joint radiotherapy planning between the two organisations entered a new chapter when a new, very advanced Paul Strickland Scanner Centre MRI suite was opened at Mount Vernon Hospital by Tim Farron MP, chair of the APPG, in September 2018.