[POSTPONED] Combined Drug Radiation Treatment: Biological Basis, Current Applications and Perspectives

Cairo, Egypt

From chemo-radiotherapy to immunotherapy and radiation, this course will increase your confidence in using combination of treatments; right patient, right drug, right radiotherapy, right dose, right time.

[ Early deadline: 17 December 2019 ]

The course is aimed at radiation oncologists and medical oncologists involved in the multidisciplinary treatment of cancer.

Course Director

Barbara Jereczek-Fossa, Radiation Oncologist and Clinical Oncologist, European Institute of Oncology and University of Milan, Milan (IT)


Giuseppe Curigliano, Medical Oncologist, European Institute of Oncology, Milan (IT)

Jesper Grau Eriksen, Clinical Oncologist, Odense University Hospital, Odense (DK)

Mario Levis, Radiation Oncologist, University of Turin, Turin (IT) 

Robert Glynne-Jones, Clinical Oncologist, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Northwood (UK)

Martin Pruschy, Biologist, University Hospital Zürich, Zürich (CH)

Li Tee Tan, Consultant Oncologist, Cambridge University Hospital, NHS Trust, Cambridge (UK)

Effective cancer treatment necessitates both high efficacy of local treatment and combatting sub-clinical systemic disease. Consequently, cancer therapy today involves various combinations of local and systemic treatment modalities. Of those, combining drugs and radiation has been attracting particular attention both in terms of its biological rationale and its potential of increasing the therapeutic outcome. The course aims at updating participants about established and emerging knowledge in this field. It will provide the key-messages that biological and clinical research is currently bringing to the oncology community.

This course aims to:

  • Update participants about biological effects of combining drugs and radiation in normal and tumour tissue
  • Present evidence-based clinical applications of combined modality treatment using drugs and radiation in major human malignancies
  • Stimulate case-based discussion on the interdisciplinary treatment of cancer

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the rationale and mechanisms of the action of combined drug radiation treatment in cancer
  • Discuss the evidence for combined drug radiation treatment in different tumour sites
  • Select patients for combined drug radiation treatment
  • Decide on the optimum treatment strategy, sequencing and duration, for different patients
  • Decide on the optimum strategy including new drugs (immunotherapy etc.)

Course Content

General lectures

  • Biologic basis for combining drugs with radiation
  • Combining drugs with radiation: quantifying the therapeutic gain
  • Combining new drugs with radiotherapy
  • Radiation and non-cytotoxic drugs
  • Hypoxic cell radiosensitisers
  • Alteration of radiotherapy fractionation and concurrent chemotherapy
  • Designing clinical trials for combined modality treatments.
  • Site specific lectures including practical case discussions
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Non small cell lung cancer
  • Small cell lung cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Oesophageal cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Anal canal
  • Pancreas
  • Brain tumours
  • Lymphomas


Before commencing this course participants should:

  • Be confident with the basic mechanisms of radiotherapy and systemic treatment in oncology
  • Know the basic principles of management of solid tumours
  • Know different ways of delivering chemotherapy/systemic therapy in combination with radiotherapy

Teaching Methods

  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 5 hours of case discussions
  • Presentation and critical discussion of the available evidence, discussion of clinical cases

Methods of Assessment

Evaluation form


Available 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.


Blue Nile

20 Gezira St

Cairo 11211




The local organization has been able to secure a preferential rate at the Novotel Cairo El Borg.

Rates are:

  • USD 110 per night including breakfast for single person occupancy
  • USD 125 per night including breakfast for double person occupancy

Should you want to book your accommodation at these rate please contact Rehlla travel agent to book the rooms from Hisham@rehlla.com.  Please mention that this is for the ESTRO Course organized by Dr Zaghloul


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 2020 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.



Early rate

Late rate

In-training members*   450 EUR  625 EUR
Members   600 EUR   725 EUR
Non Members   750 EUR  850 EUR

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

Early rates are applied up to three months before the starting date of the course. 
Late rates are applied three months before the starting date of the course.

The fee includes the course material, coffees, lunches, and the social event.

Advance registration & payment are required.

On-site registration will not be available.

Since the number of participants is limited, late registrants are advised to contact the ESTRO office before payment, to inquire about availability of places. Access to homework and/or course material will become available upon receipt of full payment.

Insurance and cancellation

The organiser does not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance policies.   

In case an unforeseen event would force ESTRO to cancel the meeting, the Society will reimburse the participants fully the registration fees. ESTRO will not be responsible for the refund of travel and accommodation costs.

In case of cancellation, full refund of the registration fee minus 15% for administrative costs may be obtained up to three months before the course and 50% of the fee up to one month before the course. No refund will be made if the cancellation request is postmarked less than one month before the start of the course.


Combined Drug-Radiation Treatment: Biological Basis, Current Applications and Perspectives - Jee Suk Chang - School Corner