Australian Government - Department of Health

Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)

1182 - The use of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

Application Number

Application NameThe use of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) in the treatment of cancer
Description of Medical ServiceRadiation therapy is a highly technical and complex procedure requiring accuracy of delivering the radiation beam to the target tumour of the patient. Each patient has an individual program which uses the information from planning tests to pinpoint the target tumour, and calculate a schedule that best targets the cancer while avoiding the normal body as much as possible. When IMRT is used, the planning calculations optimise each tiny part of the radiation beam(s) to produce a dose distribution that can be shaped very closely to the target tumour and reduce the dose to surrounding normal tissues. This enables tumoricidal doses to be given while keeping normal tissue doses as low as possible.
Description of Medical ConditionCancer is a range of diseases where abnormal cells grow rapidly and spread uncontrolled throughout the body. These cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding tissue and spread (metastasise) to distant parts of the body.
Consultation Protocol2 October 2012 – 9 November 2012
PDF version Consultation Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (PDF 349 KB)
Word version Consultation Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (Word 954 KB)
Final Protocol 13 - 14 December 2012
PDF Version Final Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (PDF 210 KB)
Word version Final Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (Word 175 KB)
MSAC OutcomesPublic Summary Document (PDF 96 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 128 KB)

Meetings for this Application

Meeting Type:Date:
PASC16 to 17 August 2012
13 to 14 December 2012
ESC12 to 13 June 2014
8 to 10 October 2014
MSAC26 to 28 November 2014
1 to 2 April 2015

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