Radiotherapy Action Group Exposure (R.A.G.E.) is a national patient activist group formed in 1991 to support and campaign for those suffering with radiotherapy-induced injury as a result of breast cancer treatment. Injuries include pain and paralysis of the arm on the treated side – which is always progressive, and includes fractures of ribs and clavicle – and other injuries to the lungs, heart and soft tissue (fibrosis).
As part of our campaigning, we worked alongside Macmillan Cancer Support on numerous projects, including Yesterday’s Women – a document that relays the stories of women affected by radiotherapy-induced injuries.
Seeking an apology
Like many people who feel they have been harmed as a result of medical treatment, our members wanted an apology. The document relates how R.A.G.E. lost a settlement battle in court, and our continuing struggle to gain compensation and special support from the Department of Health for the women suffering – many of whom have lost employment and have complex medical needs.