Table 5 Challenges and solutions for future RT clinical trials

From: Practice-changing radiation therapy trials for the treatment of cancer: where are we 150 years after the birth of Marie Curie?

Key challenges for future RT trials
  Limited academic funding
  Limited pool of clinical academics/academic physicists
  Competition with pharmaceutical company-funded trials
  Slow accrual of academic RT trials
  Lack of studies evaluating novel RT technologies
  Little success in the field of drug–RT combination
Possible solutions
  Academic groups to lobby funders and mentor the next generation of academics
  Improve collaboration between academic groups to improve clinical trial efficiency
  Improve collaboration with pharmaceutical industry
  Improve methodology of combination studies/evaluation of new technologies to make them more efficient
  Improve collaboration between pre-clinical and clinical researchers in the field of drug–RT combination