Pre-meeting courses: Friday 5 May 2017
Methodologies for conducting trials and other studies, including data handling
full programme available here
CLINICAL PRE-MEETING COURSE: PATIENT REPORTED OUTCOME MEASURES (PROMS) IN RADIOTHERAPY RESEARCH AND CLINICAL PRACTICE
Course directors: T. Holch (UK) and C. Grau (DK)
To provide an overview of the current and potential future roles of PROMs in radiotherapy research and routine care settings.
INTERDISCIPLINARY PRE-MEETING COURSE: INTEGRATION OF MULTIMODALITY IMAGING IN RADIATION ONCOLOGY TO IMPROVE TARGET DEFINITION AND MODIFIED DOSE PRESCRIPTION
Course directors: U. van der Heide (NL) and D. Zips (DE)
• To learn how modern imaging technology such as functional MRI and PET influences today's radiotherapy.
• To better understand the concept how functional imaging can be used for better target definition and individual dose-prescriptions.
• To discuss with experts the current state-of-the-art in main disease sites including cancers of the prostate, lung, rectum, head and neck, brain and cervix.
• To understand limitations and potential pitfalls when using advanced imaging.
• To gain knowledge in how to implement advanced imaging in routine radiation oncology.
PHYSICS PRE-MEETING COURSE: MEDICAL PHYSICS ASPECTS OF PARTICLE THERAPY
Course directors: M. Schwarz (IT) and J. Farr (USA)
The use of “heavy” charged particles (mostly protons and carbon ions) is an expanding modality in radiation oncology and such expansion is in advance of the number of trained medical physicists in the field. In addition, patients who may benefit from particle therapy are often referred from X-ray treatment facilities. To assist in external referrals, all therapeutic medical physicists should have some
knowledge of particle therapy, and this course seeks to provide this introductory education. Due to the evolutionary nature of particle therapy, a balance of fundamental and current topics will be covered.
GEC-ESTRO WORKSHOP: INNOVATIONS IN BRACHYTHERAPY
Course directors: C. Kirisits (AT) and P. Petric (QA)
Brachytherapy is a treatment modality with long tradition, based on standardised techniques and extensive experience of different schools for several decades. In the last years we have witnessed an increasing amount of exciting developments in terms of brachytherapy technology, imaging,
intervention methods and dose delivery devices. In some cases, these developments have not yet reached the level of state of the art in general, but are discussed between different traditional “schools”. The aim of this workshop is to give an overview of some of the most promising new tools and techniques available. It will allow a moderated debate about pro’s and con’s and interactive discussion with the participants. The optimal use of each technique for each patient group will be discussed. Instead of comparing the technologies in a competitive manner, the workshop will aim to emphasise their complementarity.
RTT PRE-MEETING COURSE: QUALITY AND RISK MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE
Course directors: M. Coffey (IE) and S. Johansen (NO)
The course aims are to give some practical approaches to risk management in the clinical setting and to explore some of the issues surrounding reporting.
RADIOBIOLOGY PRE-MEETING COURSE: CLINICAL APPLICATION OF BIOMARKERS: HOW TO DISCOVER, EXPLORE, AND VALIDATE BIOMARKERS FOR NORMAL TISSUE TOXICITY AND TUMOUR RESPONSE
Course directors: J. Alsner (DK) and M-C. Vozenin (CH)
Enable participants to understand the scientific and clinical aspects associated with discovery, exploration, andvalidation of biomarkers for personalised/precision radiation oncology (PRO) and raise awareness of key challenges in this important field.
FALCON (Fellowship in Anatomic DeLineation and CONtouring) is the multifunctional ESTRO platform for contouring and delineation. Eight such workshops have been planned for ESTRO 36.
- Intraprostatic relapses
- Liver SBRT
- Anal canal
- Spine SBRT
The delineation workshops are aimed at all radiation oncology professionals who want to improve their contouring skills.