By the end of this course participants should be able to:
• Understand and justify indications for radiation therapy in different clinical scenarios
• Integrate modern imaging into radiotherapy treatment planning and delivery
• Tailor target volume delineation according to tumour location and stage
• Optimise dose distribution and compare different RT techniques
• Assess the usefulness of available IGRT technologies
• Monitor tumour response and discuss possible clinical consequences
• Understand and exploit the interactions between radiation therapy and concurrent or sequential systemic treatment
• Improve radiation (and concurrent systemic treatment) delivery by optimised supportive care.
Experts in the field will provide online lectures and interactive case discussions on all aspects of radiotherapy planning and delivery, and open debates on controversial issues in multidisciplinary care. This will include state-of-the art teaching of pivotal clinical trials on anal and rectal cancer treatment and explanation of the background of current guidelines. This course will then have a particular focus on how to improve radiation therapy delivery, all the way down from initial patient set-up, treatment planning, delineation of target volumes, optimisation of dose distribution, image-guided monitoring of radiation delivery, and assessment of tumour response.
Before commencing this course, participants should:
• Have studied the pivotal clinical trials that have established the role of radiation therapy and combined modality treatment approaches for anal and rectal cancer
• Be familiar with standard procedures of radiation therapy planning and delivery
• Be aware of open questions and ongoing controversies in the multidisciplinary care of both tumour entities.
Lectures, interactive case discussions, debates on controversial issues on all aspects of RT planning and delivery, debates on multidisciplinary care.
Rectal cancer, anal cancer, technical aspects of radiation treatment planning and delivery, concurrent systemic treatment, multidisciplinary care.
Please consult the ESTRO website page of this course for further information.
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.