There are pockets of interest in benign RT, but there are no international societies dedicated to the use of radiation for the treatment of benign conditions, until now.
Radiation Oncology is well served globally by ESTRO (European), ASTRO (US) and other national societies. ESTRO is focused on radiotherapy for cancer and state in their recent strategy document: “Whilst it is recognised that non-oncology indications for radiation therapy may expand with time, the formal inclusion of ‘‘oncology” in the vision statement highlights that the core indications for radiation therapy, hence the focus of our discipline, remain in oncology.” ASTRO also focuses on radiation oncology and cancer patients, and does not explicitly mention radiation for non-cancer conditions
The take-up for different conditions and in different countries is highly variable. There are a number of reasons for this, which include:
This has resulted in: