Radiotherapy Treatment Course

A Radiotherapy Treatment Course is a set of Fractions for an individual PATIENT which have been planned and prescribed as a whole.

Description

A Radiotherapy Treatment Course is a CLINICAL INTERVENTION.

A Radiotherapy Treatment Course is a set of Fractions for an individual PATIENT which have been planned and prescribed as a whole. It should be noted that the following all constitute one course of treatment:

  • Set of Fractions planned and prescribed as a whole and using one or more different MACHINES

  • Set of Fractions planned and prescribed as a whole with a period of no treatment during them (split course)

  • Set of Fractions planned and prescribed as a whole involving MACHINES located on two or more ORGANISATION SITES. (exceptionally a PATIENT may be transferred between sites possibly due to MACHINE failure)

If a PATIENT has two unrelated diseases both of which require Radiotherapy, each course of treatment should be recorded as a primary course.

Similarly if a PATIENT has two primary lesions of the same disease, eg two rodent ulcers, the treatment of these comprises two primary courses, unless the lesions are in such close proximity that they are to be treated together.

If during a course of treatment, a PATIENT starts a further course, the second course should be separately identified.

Also Known As

This NHS business definition is also known by these names:

Context Alias
Plural Radiotherapy Treatment Courses