Budapest, Hungary

(Accelerated) Partial Breast Irradiation

As breast cancer is a very common cancer and PBI can be considered as a distinctive and standard approach in modern breast cancer treatment, we are confident that by organising the topical PBI course on an alternate basis with the general course we meet a clear need of the radiation oncology community.

The course is primarily intended for specialists and residents in the field of radiation and clinical oncology who are interested in extending their knowledge, specifically of the management of early stage and low risk breast cancer.

This course dedicated to PBI will especially focus on patient selection and on the variety of techniques that can be used for the delivery of PBI. It will elaborate extensively on the technical aspects of the delivery of this specific form of radiation therapy, including optimal target volume delineation. The most pertinent general issues of breast cancer will be presented and discussed as well.

Apart from presentations, interactivity will be stimulated by organising clinical case discussions, target volume contouring exercises and debates. The faculty includes specialists in all technical approaches currently used for delivering PBI. Participants are warmly encouraged to share real (anonymised) clinical cases for the discussions.




Course director

Philip Poortmans, Radiation Oncologist, Iridium Netwerk & University of Antwerp (BE)


Sandra Hol, Radiation Therapist (RTT), Institute Verbeeten, Tilburg (NL)

Tibor Major, Medical Physicist, National Institute of Oncology, Budapest (HU)

Icro Meattini, Radiation Oncologist, University of Florence (IT)

Vratislav Strnad, Radiation Oncologist, University Hospital Erlangen (DE)

Course content

  • Epidemiology: is the proportion of early stage low risk patients increasing?
  • Patient selection based on tumour- and patient-related factors
  • Local surgery: choices and techniques (including oncoplastic)
  • Target volume delineation with discussions based on homework
  • Practical treatment preparation and delivery - tips and tricks
  • PBI techniques including external beam, intraoperative electron beam, interstitial, endocavitary brachytherapy and other techniques
  • Pre-operative PBI
  • Fractionation schedules
  • Combination of external beam PBI with advanced treatment techniques including IGRT and respiratory control
  • Long-term effects including cosmetic outcome after PBI
  • Recent and on-going clinical trials
  • Clinical case discussions.




Before commencing this course, participants should: 

  • Have at least basic experience with all aspects of radiation therapy for breast cancer patients. 
  • If the participants are not radiation/clinical oncologists (in training) they should be involved in the interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary case discussions and/or in work related to treating breast cancer patients 
  • Participate on beforehand in the exercises on target volume delineation for PBI in breast cancer. A fun exercise for non-radiation oncologists too!


Teaching methods

3.5-day course including:

  • 21 hours of lectures, case discussions, and debates
  • 4 hours of practical workshops for treatment preparation including contouring, treatment planning and treatment delivery
  • Didactic lectures
  • Special workshops, debates, and case discussions
  • Interactive sessions.


Methods of assessment

  • Evaluation form

Mercure Budapest Castle Hill

Krisztina körút 41-43, 1013, Budapest, Hungary

Booking link here

Please, note that you can modify the check-in and check-out dates.


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Key words

Breast cancer, radiation therapy, multidisciplinary, breast conserving therapy, PBI, clinical trials, target volume delineation, side effects, quality of life.



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 recognized 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.



ESTRO members can order products at substantially reduced prices. To benefit from the member registration rate, you must subscribe for the ESTRO membership 2024 BEFORE registering to the course. To become an ESTRO member, benefit from the member registration rate and discover the many other member advantages, please visit the membership page.



Early rate

Late rate


  800 EUR

 900 EUR

ESTRO Members

  625 EUR 

 775 EUR

In-training members*

  475 EUR

 625 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.

Access to homework and/or course material will become available upon receipt of full payment.

Insurance and cancellation

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

For any cancellation made by the course or workshop participant, ESTRO School Events Cancellation Policy will be followed and all stated penalty fees will be applied. 

In the unlikely event that ESTRO would need to cancel the event, ESTRO will reimburse the participants in full for the registration fee. ESTRO will not refund any travel and accommodation expenses.

Reduced fees

Members from emerging countries may register at a preferential rate of 350 Euro. Emerging country fee applies to individuals from low-income and lower-middle-income economies according to the World Bank listing here.

Additionally, for this teaching course, all specialties from the following countries can benefit from this preferential rate: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.  In addition, medical physicists from Cyprus can email to apply for this fee.

The preferential rate of 350 Euro is granted automatically when you click on the  BOOK NOW  button and the conditions below are met:

  1. Only ESTRO members for 2024 are eligible (please make sure your 2024 membership is in order before you click on the BOOK NOW button)
  2. The application is submitted 3 months before the course start date.
  3. Only one course per person per year can be subsidized by ESTRO
  4. Sponsored candidates are not entitled to reduced fees (the invoicing address has to be the one of the participant)  
  5. The are limited spaces available for each course in the price category. Places are granted on “first come first serve” basis.