Clinical oncology – the future shape of the specialty


Following an in-depth review of clinical oncology as a specialty, this document addresses both the current scope of practice for clinical oncology and the ways in which the service is currently delivered. It also indicates how both of these are expected to change over the next ten years. It is anticipated that clinical oncology will remain a broad-based specialty. It is gratifying that radiotherapy currently has such a high public and political profile. There will need to be a growing focus on the provision of high quality radiotherapy, with the further development of advanced techniques such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy, image-guided radiotherapy and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy, as well as other innovative technologies such as the future delivery of proton therapy and expansion in molecular radiotherapy.