Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer

Prague, Czech Republic

[ Course postponed ]
[ Prostate brachytherapy ]

The course is aimed at all those who may be part of a prostate brachytherapy team and for those wishing to set up a prostate brachytherapy unit i.e.: urologists, radiation oncologists, radiation therapists (RTTs) radiologists, physicists and specialist nurses

Course Director 

  • Peter Hoskin, Radiation Oncologist, Mount Vernon Hospital, London (UK)

Teachers 

  • Bashar Al Qaisieh, Medical Physicist, Cookridge Hospital, Leeds (UK)  

  • Stefan Machtens, Urologist, Marien-Krankenhaus, Bergisch Gladbach (DE)  

  • Carl Salembier, Radiation Oncologist, Cliniques de l’Europe, Brussels (BE)  

  • Frank-Andr√© Siebert, Medical Physicist, Universit√§tsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel (DE) 

Local organiser 

  • Irena Koniarova, Medical physicist, Faculty Hospital Kralovske Vinohrady, Prague (CZ)

The course aims to: 

  • Discuss patient selection, indications and contra-indications for brachytherapy. 
  • Provide an overview of the techniques, equipment and staffing for a prostate brachytherapy unit, including the physics background and regulatory requirements. 
  • Give an overview of the results, side effects and their management 
  • Discuss new developments relevant to brachytherapy in imaging, focal therapy and salvage

Learning outcomes

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

  • Requirements for a successful brachytherapy programme
  • Relevant patient groups for prostate brachytherapy and the literature reporting their outcome  
  • Current areas of development in focal and salvage prostate brachytherapy.

Course content

This course covers an overview on epidemiology and treatment options for localised prostate cancer and gives an adequate introduction to brachytherapy. Patient selection for both HDR and LDR seed implants will be discussed with treatment indications and contra-indications. A review of the equipment and staffing for a brachytherapy unit is included in the programme for those yet to embark on this area of activity. Practical examples of gland evaluation types of treatment planning, different implant techniques and post implant planning are presented in the context of videos and interactive discussions between participants and the teaching staff. New approaches are discussed including salvage and focal therapy. Comparisons are presented between permanent (seed) and temporary (HDR) brachytherapy implants and between brachytherapy and other treatments available for prostate cancer.

Prerequiqites

Before commencing this course participants should:

  • Revise the general principles of prostate cancer pathology, diagnosis and staging
  • Read the published GEC-ESTRO guidelines in LDR and HDR prostate brachytherapy
  • Complete the FALCON* exercise which is distributed prior to the course.

Teaching mehods

  • 11 hours of lectures
  • 1 hour of contouring
  • 2 hours of practical workshops
  • 3 hours of interactive discussions.

Methods of assessment

  • MCQ  
  • Delineation exercises
  • Evaluation form.

Programme

Dradft programme available here.

Key words 

  • Prostate brachytherapy
  • high dose rate
  • low dose rate
  • radioiodine
  • afterloading

Further reading /  web resources

To be provided if available

Accreditation

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.

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