Online course

Haematological malignancies

The course teaches to design treatment strategies and apply modern principles of target volume definition, fractionation and treatment techniques for radiation therapy in the multimodality treatment of haematological malignancies.

Radiation oncologists involved in the treatment of haematological malignancies.

Course Director

Lena Specht, Clinical Oncologist, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (DK)

Co-Course Director

Joachim Yahalom, Radiation Oncologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, New York (USA)


  • Berthe Aleman, Radiation Oncologist, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (NL)
  • Anne Kiil Berthelsen, Radiologist, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (DK)
  • Andreas Engert, Medical Oncologist/Haematologist, University of Cologne, Cologne (DE)
  • Andrew Davies, Medical Oncologist, Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust, Southampton (UK)
  • Tim Illidge, Clinical Oncologist, Christie Hospital, Manchester (UK)
  • George Mikhaeel, Radiation Oncologist, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, London (UK)
  • Umberto Ricardi, Radiation Oncologist, University of Turin, Turin (IT)

Guest lecturer

Bouthaina Dabaja, Radiation Oncologist, MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas (USA)

Contouring administrator

Angela Botticella, Radiation Oncologist, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (FR)

Local organiser

 David Azria, Radiation Oncologist, Institut régional du Cancer de Montpellier (ICM), Montpellier (FR)

The aim of this course is to:

  • Enable radiation oncologists to participate in the modern multidisciplinary management of haematological malignancies
  • Administer radiotherapy to these diseases according to modern principles, using up-todate technology to achieve maximum cure rates while at the same time minimising the risk of long-term complications.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Design strategies for the multimodality treatment of haematological malignancies
  • Apply modern principles for radiotherapy in the multimodality setting
  • Define target volumes and prescribe radiation doses and fractionation schedules appropriate for different haematological malignancies
  • Apply and evaluate different treatment techniques depending on disease localisations and risks of normal tissue complications.

Course Content

  • Role of radiation oncology in the multimodality treatment of lymphomas
  • General principles of treatment: radiotherapy (incl. protons for lymphomas), chemotherapy, immunotherapy (incl. CAR T-cell therapy), radioimmunotherapy, combined modality treatment and long term toxicity
  • Imaging for radiotherapy
  • Hodgkin lymphoma: classic and lymphocyte predominance; early and advanced stages, recurrence; radiotherapy volumes, doses and techniques
  • Indolent nodal non-Hodgkin lymphoma: early and advanced stages, recurrence; radiotherapy volumes, doses and techniques
  • Aggressive nodal non-Hodgkin lymphoma: early and advanced stages, recurrence; radiotherapy volumes, doses and techniques
  • Extranodal lymphomas: characteristics, role of radiotherapy, volumes, doses and techniques
  • Other indications for radiotherapy: myeloma, granulocytic sarcoma, hypersplenism, total body irradiation as conditioning for transplant: volumes, doses and techniques.


Before commencing this course participants should:

  • Be a radiation oncologist with some experience
  • Have an interest in and knowledge of the spectrum of haematological malignancies
  • Read the publications mentioned below
  • Have completed the exercise on the two contouring cases sent out in advance.

Teaching Methods

  • 17 hours of lectures
  • 3 hours of practical workshops
  • 5 hours of case discussions.

State-of-the-art radiotherapy in the treatment of haematological malignancies will be discussed. The format of the course will be a combination of lectures and case discussions. A delineation session will be included, for which the participants will be expected to have done some homework in advance.

Methods of Assessment

  • Delineation exercise
  • Evaluation form.



Scientific Programme

Draft programme here


Application for CME recognition will be submitted to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). EACCME credits are recognised by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA). Information on the status of the applications can be obtained from the ESTRO office.


ESTRO members can order products at substantially reduced prices. Please note that in order to benefit from the member price, you must renew your membership for 2021 before registering to the course.To benefit from these member rates, please visit the membership page to become a member or renew your membership BEFORE proceeding with your order.



Standard Rate

Desk Rate

ESTRO members working in countries with a less competitive economic background*/ In-training members**

 350 EUR

 600 EUR


 400 EUR 

 600 EUR

Non Members

 500 EUR

 600 EUR

*  All specialties: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia,, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine

RTTs and physicists only: Cyprus  

RTTs only: Italy 

To apply for the above rate, please contact at least 2 weeks before the start of the course. Thereafter, the desk rate will be applied.

** Members with specialty Radiation Therapist (RTT) may register at the In Training fee

The standard rate is applied up to 2 weeks before the starting date of the course.

Desk rates are applied 2 weeks before the starting date of the course.


Advance registration & payment are required.              

Registration will close on the date published on the front page of the course.


A registration to the online workshop may be cancelled without any fees before pre-online course material is sent out. Pre-online course material is sent out a few days before the first workshop lesson. After the pre-online course material is sent out, no refund of the  registration fee is possible.

Fee for ESTRO members working in countries with a less competitive economic background:

ESTRO members working in countries with a less competitive economic background can benefit from the above fees if three conditions are met:

  1. Only ESTRO members for 2021 are eligible (please make sure your 2021 membership is in order before you apply for the reduced fees
  2. Sponsored candidates are not entitled to these fees (the invoicing address has to be the one of the participant)  
  3. Your application is submitted 2 weeks before the course start date

Early deadline: 4 April 2021