[POSTPONED UNTIL 2021] Particle Therapy

Chengdu, China

You may know your ions from your protons, but do you know the difference between active and passive beam delivery technology? Or the radiobiological, physical or clinical rationale for proton and carbon ion therapy? The course covers all this, as well as reviewing the current evidence for particle therapy, the status of clinical trials and the latest technological developments in this novel and important form of radiation treatment.

The course is aimed at radiation oncologists, medical physicists and professionals in allied fields, including trainees interested in particle therapy. Basic knowledge of radiation oncology and radiation physics are prerequisites. The course targets individuals who are either directly involved in a clinical particle therapy project, already practice particle therapy, or who desire to update their knowledge on particle therapy.

Course Director

Marco Krengli, Radiation Oncologist, University of Piemonte Orientale & Centro Nazionale Adroterapia Oncologica (CNAO), Pavia, (IT)

Teachers

To be confirmed

The course aims to:

  • Provide a detailed overview of the clinical rationale and indications of particle therapy, and the status of supporting medical evidence including status of clinical trials
  • Understand the distinguishing features of particle therapy compared to other radiotherapy modalities
  • Deepen knowledge of physical, biological, and technical aspects of particle therapy implementation in clinical practice
  • Study particle treatment systems, dosimetry, treatment delivery, treatment planning and to learn about the latest technological developments in particle therapy
  • Share challenges of particle centre projects in different health care environments.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the radiobiological and physical basis and clinical rationale for particle therapy
  • Have a basic understanding of accelerator technology, present equipment and the practical complexities of building a particle centre
  • Understand the differences between active and passive beam delivery technology, and details of treatment planning, specifically of intensity modulated therapy and motion management
  • Know the clinical rationale for proton and carbon ion therapy, the present indications and clinical practice according to various disease sites
  • Know the current clinical evidence for particle therapy, and the status of clinical trials
  • Have a general understanding of the integration of particle therapy in general radiation oncology
  • Summarise the latest technical developments
  • Have some knowledge of future directions in the research and development of particle therapy.

Course Content

  • Physical aspects of particle therapy
  • Ion source accelerator, beam line and beam delivery technology
  • Biological aspects of particle therapy
  • RBE determination, biophysical modelling plan optimisation
  • Beam delivery: passive and active techniques.

Physics: image guidance techniques, dosimetry and quality assurance

  • Imaging for treatment planning
  • Treatment planning for proton and carbon ion therapy
  • Plan evaluation, robustness, quality assurance
  • Intensity-modulated particle therapy, image-guided particle therapy, dose-painting, LET-painting
  • Physical and technical approaches to the treatment of moving organs.

Clinical indications, anti-cancer effects, toxicity, challenges and limitations of particle therapy

  • Clinical challenges and pitfalls of proton and carbon ion therapy
  • Current clinical indications and applications for proton and carbon ion therapy according to pathological and anatomical disease characteristics
  • Review of the literature, clinical case reviews and discussions, review of clinical trials
  • New trends in radiation oncology and integration of particle therapy
  • Future clinical directions and developments.

Roadmap for a particle therapy project

  • How to build a new particle therapy facility – from project planning to starting clinical operation
  • New technologies for hospital based particle centres
  • How to expand an existing radiotherapy department with particle therapy.

Prerequisites

Before commencing this course participants should:

  • Have a basic understanding of radiobiology and radiation physics
  • Know the basics of radiotherapy and radiotherapy planning
  • Have a general understanding about the evaluation of medical evidence.

Teaching Methods

Tutorials, journal club, case reviews and discussions.

Methods of Assessment

Evaluation form

Affiliations

 

Programme

Programme coming soon.

Further Reading

Please consult the ESTRO website page of this course for further information.

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.

Venue

Information to follow.

 

Accommodation 

We recommend that you search suitable accommodation through one of the online booking websites.  ESTRO will not be providing any accommodation for this course.

 

 

Membership

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.

Fees

 

Early rate

Late rate

In-training members*   500 EUR  675 EUR
Members   650 EUR   775 EUR
Non Members   800 EUR  900 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.