Radiotherapy in Australia one year after the Baume report: vision or mirage?

Michael B Barton, Lester J Peters and Lizbeth M Kenny
Med J Aust 2004; 180 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2004.tb05797.x
Published online: 19 January 2004

Radiotherapy should be an integral part of a comprehensive national cancer control plan

  • 1 Collaboration for Cancer Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Liverpool Health Service, Liverpool, NSW.
  • 2 Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Division of Oncology, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Herston, QLD.


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