The key responsibility of ESTRO Focus Groups is to support ESTRO Councils and Committees in their daily operations. This encompasses aiding in the development of clinical and technical guidelines, offering guidance on scientific programs and educational curricula, and providing expertise during ESTRO events. Additionally, Focus Groups often serve as intermediaries between ESTRO and other societies. In this vein, the ESTRO Gynaecology Focus Group is committed to supporting ESTRO in gynaecology-specific matters.

The ESTRO Gynaecology Focus Group aims to comprehensively cover topics relevant to research, clinical applications, and societal initiatives in gynaecological radiotherapy. A key objective for the Focus Group is to foster research networks by initiating structured research activities, organizing networking meetings, and contributing to scientific forums. Moreover, it aims to initiate and support educational initiatives, enhance quality of care, and aid in guideline development.

While prioritizing a European focus, the Focus Groups also seeks to facilitate collaborations with non-European or global partners. This includes promoting international guidelines and engaging in global educational activities, especially in providing education and training for low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

The core values embraced by the ESTRO gynecology focus group encompass credibility, impact, transparency, mutual respect, and a receptiveness to innovative ideas.

  • Treatment Modalities: Radiotherapy (EBRT, brachytherapy, protons), combined therapy (chemotherapy, targeted/immunotherapy, hyperthermia), and re-irradiation.
  • Sites: Cervix, endometrium, vulva, vagina, ovarian cancer, and pediatric cases.
  • Research: Clinical studies (disease outcomes / recurrence risks, morbidity, and rehabilitation), translational research (tissue and imaging-based biomarkers), and technological developments and practical implementation (contouring, treatment planning, AI integration, imaging techniques, quality indicators, etc.).
  • Educational and Quality of Care Efforts:  European and international courses, guideline development activities, and initiatives aimed at improving the quality of care.

The Focus Group composition should facilitate collaboration within and outside Europe, and should also secure synergy, collaboration and alignment within ESTRO:

  • Within ESTRO: GEC ESTRO committee and other ESTRO committees, ESTRO gyn teaching course
  • Other societies: ESGO, IGCS, ABS, ASTRO, AAPM, IAEA etc.

Kari Tanderup (Denmark) - Co-Chair

Remi Nout (The Netherlands) - Co-Chair

Alexandra Taylor (United Kingdom) - Core Expert

Cyrus Chargari (France) - Core Expert


Abel Cordoba (France) - Full Member

Alina Sturdza (Austria) - Full Member

Angeles Rovirosa (Spain) - Full Member

Barbara Segedin (Slovenia) - Full Member

Colette van den Broek (The Netherlands) - Full Member

Diana Pop (Romania) - Full Member

Elena Manea (Romania) - Full Member

Gabriella Macchia (Italy) - Full Member

Gemma Eminowicz (Austria) - Full Member

Koen Crama (The Netherlands) - Full Member

Margit Valgma (Estonia) - Full Member

Monica Serban (Canada) - Full Member

Pauline Humphrey (United Kingdom) - Full Member

Supriya Chopra (India) - Full Member

Taran Hellebust (Norway) - Full Member

More information coming soon.