January 26, 1976

Medical News

JAMA. 1976;235(4):363-371. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260300003001

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Commission studies patterns of radiation therapy around US  The nationwide study of the patterns of radiation therapy sponsored by the American College of Radiology enters another phase this month.As the name of the study implies, its purpose is to determine the actual patterns of radiation therapy care in the United States, to identify the scientific and functional areas where further research and development is needed, and to make recommendations for these areas of need.Sixty radiation therapy residents will visit randomly selected facilities across the country. They will be gathering data on how irradiation is used to treat cancer of the larynx, nasopharynx, bladder, prostate, and anterior tongue-floor of the mouth.For some of the radiation therapy facilities, this is the second time in less than two years that a colleague from another institution has arrived to survey their cancer treatment methods and some of their patient records.