Lisbon, Portugal

Advanced skills in modern radiotherapy

Are you a new radiation therapist (RTT) or more experienced? Do you want to expand your knowledge of radiation therapy treatment design and delivery or just refresh your understanding? This course offers RTTS a comprehensive overview of the discipline, whatever your level of expertise.

A course specifically designed for radiation therapists (RTTs), whatever your level of expertise. 

Radiation therapy is rapidly evolving and this has great impact on the role of radiation therapists (RTTs). The target group for this course are radiation therapists who need to expand or refresh their understanding of modern radiation therapy treatment design and delivery and who want the tools to translate this theory into practice. We will provide a programme that will serve both the new and the more experienced radiation therapist. The programme will be comprehensive but solely target the level of knowledge and understanding that RTTs need for good clinical and evidence based practice in Modern Radiotherapy. This course will also help the participant in identifying the appropriate ESTRO courses for advanced education and personal development.

Course director 

Elizabeth Forde, Radiation Therapist, Trinity College, Dublin (IE)

Teachers 

  • Philipp Scherer, Radiology Technologist, UK f Radiotherapy and Radio Oncology at PMU at SALK, (AT)  
  • José Luis Lopez Guerra, Radiation Oncologist, University Hospital Virgen del Rocio, Sevilla (ES)  
  • Mirjana Josipovic, Medical Physicist, The Finsen Centre – Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (DK)  
  • Lisa Wiersema, Radiation Therapist, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (NL)  
  • Peter Remeijer, Medical Physicist, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (NL)  
  • Sofia Rivera, Radiation Oncologist, Institut de Cancérologie Gustave-Roussy, Villejuif (FR) 
  • Martijn Kamphuis, Radiation Therapist, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam (NL) 

Local organizer

Filipe Moura, President at Associação Portuguesa de Radioterapeutas, Lisbon (PT)

Although modern radiation therapy is a group effort of physicians, physicists and radiation therapists, this course aims at radiation therapists only. In this way we will be able to give an overview of the steps in modern radiation therapy with enough room and time for radiation therapist specific tools and skills. The theory taught in the lectures will be translated into practical sessions when possible.

Learning Outcomes

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

Appreciate where modern radiation therapy is at with respect to pre-treatment imaging and target definition, treatment planning and image guidance 

  • Appreciate the importance of knowledge of the entire treatment chain of radiation therapy 
  • Comprehend and calculate geometrical uncertainties and margins 
  • Comprehend the physics of image registration and its influence on clinical image registration 
  • Appreciate the importance of quality assurance. 

Course Content

  • Pre-treatment imaging modalities: what is available and how is it used in target definition? 
  • Patient preparation and immobilisation: what is (im)possible and is it still important in modern radiation therapy? 
  • Imaging modalities in the treatment room: what is available and how can it be used to find the target volume? 
  • Geometrical uncertainties and correction strategies: what are the uncertainties in modern radiation therapy and how do correction strategies affect PTV margins? How to calculate your own margins (workshop) 
  • Image registration and evaluation: how to make the best use of the images at hand  
  • Understanding algorithms, regions of interest, correction reference points: how to create protocols for IGRT management (workshops and hands-on) 
  • Site specific advanced treatment and IGRT techniques 
  • Safety issues: the importance of incidence reporting and a feedback loop 
  • Implementing and managing advanced treatment techniques: how to implement new gained skills in your department in a multidisciplinary environment.

Prerequisites

Before commencing this course participants should have an interest in all steps of radiation therapy. All delegates are expected to take part in all lectures, tutorials and workshops.

Teaching Methods

Approximately (4,5 days/36 h): 

  • 23 hours of lectures 
  • 3 hours of tutorials 
  • 10 hours of practical workshops.

Methods of Assessment

  • MCQ  
  • Delineation exercises 
  • Evaluation form.

Affilliations

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Programme

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Key Words

  • Radiation therapist (RTT)
  • Pre-treatment imaging
  • Treatment planning
  • Image guidance
  • Geometrical uncertainties

 

Venue

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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 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.

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.

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

Cancellation policy related to COVID-19: If you are unable to attend the course due to the COVID-19 emergency, you are entitled to receive a full refund of your registration fee minus 15% handling charges.  This policy applies to the following cases:

  • You have contracted coronavirus (please provide us with a medical certificate)

  • Travel restrictions have been put in place against your country by the country where the course is held

  • Timeline for cancellation : 3 days before the course

In case the course might be cancelled by ESTRO, you will receive full refund of the paid registration fee.

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. ESTRO will not be responsible for the refund of travel and accommodation costs.

Reduced fees

ESTRO members from economically challenged countries may register at a preferential rate of 350 Euro 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. Only one course per person per year can be subsidized by ESTRO
  3. Sponsored candidates are not entitled to reduced fees (the invoicing address has to be the one of the participant)  

Please note:

  • We can only guarantee a certain number of reduced fees per course
  • Application deadlines are the same as early registration fees (3 months before the course date).

 

Early deadline: 18 August 2021