The course is primarily aimed at trainees in radiation oncology, supportive care personnel, radiation therapists (RTTs) and at radiation oncologists early in their career and/or eager to update their knowledge of general and organ specific morbidity aspects in modern radio-(chemo-/targeted-) therapy. For PhD students in radiation oncology and related disciplines, this course can broaden their knowledge. As the focus is on clinical applications, the competences of the teachers’ team comprise radiation oncology, gastroenterology, psychology and radiobiology.
Wolfgang Dörr, Radiation Biologist, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna (AT)
Hans Langendijk, Radiation Oncologist, University Medical Centre Groningen, Groningen (NL)
Nicolaus Andratschke, Radiation Oncologist, University Hospital Rostock, Rostock (DE)
Jervoise Andreyev, Gastroenterologist, The Royal Marsden Hospital, London (UK)
Karin Dieckmann, Radiation Oncologist, University Hospital Vienna, Vienna (AT)
Sjoukje Oosting, Medical Oncologist, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (NL)
Vassiliou Vassilios, Consultant of Radiation Oncology, the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Centre, Cyprus (CY)
For the lectures, the aims are to:
- Introduce general principles of normal tissue radiopathogenesis and radiobiology
- Provide approaches for assessment and documentation of treatment-related morbidity
- Provide management strategies for “systemic” morbidity (nausea/emesis, fatigue)
- Illustrate important facets of treatment-/morbidity-related quality of life (including assessment instruments) and emotional dysfunction
- Provide a comprehensive overview over relevant and currently accepted approaches for prevention, mitigation and treatment of adverse events and supportive care
- Detail specific aspects of morbidity in abdominal and pelvic radiation oncology (gastrointestinal tract including. liver and pancreas, urinary tract including kidney, sexual organs and function).
Complimentary to the lectures, general discussion sessions and clinical case presentations will serve to illustrate the relevance of the various aspects of morbidity for daily clinical work, and to answer specific (morbidity-related) questions.