The ESTRO Skin and Soft Tissue Focus Group is an interdisciplinary group comprised of Radiation and Clinical Oncologists, Medical Physicists, and Radiation Therapists who have a specific interest in the management of skin and soft tissue neoplasms.

Due to variation in clinical practice, the Focus Group aims to jointly harmonise radiation therapy practice and disseminate knowledge with standardisation of radiation therapy planning and delivery techniques. Rare cancers are common in both tumour sub-types and can be a challenge to treat; this ESTRO Focus Group will outline the principles underlying treatment and optimal schedule of treatment in instances where the evidence base is sparse.

Cancer treatment is multi-faceted and this ESTRO Focus Group will engage with fellow ESTRO Committees and partners in biotechnology, pharma, surgical, dermatology, and medical oncology specialisms so that relationships across these disciplines are closer. The Group serves as an expert support and advice to ESTRO Councils and Committees and is open for collaborative activities, advocacy and engagements with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Education: Evidence-based guidelines in Skin Cancer and Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Multi-professional educational events.
  • Technology: Patient specific 3D printing in Skin Cancer and Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Brachytherapy. Radiation Therapist led pathway.
  • Research / Translational work: Harmonise research endpoints. Biologics and radiosensitivity of Skin / Skin Cancer and Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Combination therapy.
  • Health related quality of life: Functional and cosmetic outcomes following treatment for Skin Cancer. Radiodermatitis.
  • Rare cancers: Merkel cell carcinoma, pleomorphic dermal sarcoma, angiosarcoma, Kaposi sarcoma, porocarcinoma.
  • Radiotherapy in benign conditions: keloids, skin pre-cancer diagnoses

Co-Chair - Skin Cancer

Agata Rembielak, Radiation Oncologist, The Christie, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (UK)


Co-Chair - Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Beate Timmermann, Radiation Oncologist, West German Proton Therapy Center Essen (DE)


Core Expert - Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Rick Haas, Radiation Oncologist, Netherlands Cancer Institute (NL)


Secretary and Core Expert - Skin Cancer

Romaana Mir, Clinical Oncologist, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (UK)


Core Expert - Skin Cancer

Nikolaos Tselis, Radiation Oncologist, Klinikum Offenbach (DE)


Full Members

Elizabeth Barnes, Radiation Oncologist, Odette Cancer Centre (CA)

Melissa Christiaens, Radiation Oncologist, University Hospitals Leuven (BE)

Line Claude, Radiation Oncologist, Centre Léon Bérard (FR)

Shane Zaidi, Radiation Oncologist, The Royal Marsden, NHS Foundation Trust (UK)

Patrizia Cornacchione, RTT, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS (IT)

Franziska Eckert, Biologist, Medical University Vienna (AT)

Bruno Fionda, Radiation Oncologist, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino gemelli IRCCS, Rome (IT)

Vassilis Kouloulias, Radiation Oncologist, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Attikon Hospital (GR)

Brendan McCann, Radiation Oncologist, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (UK)

Marcin Miszczyk, Radiation Oncologist, Maria Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology (PL)

Siyer Roohani, Radiation Oncologist, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (DE)

Mateusz Spałek, Radiation Oncologist, Maria Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology (PL)

Marta Szlag, Medical Physicist, Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology Gliwice Branch (PL)

Vassilios Vassiliou, Radiation Oncologist, Bank of Cyprus Oncology Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus (CY)

Renate Walter, Medical Physicist, University Hospital Augsburg (Medical Physics / Radiationtherapy) (DE)

Catherine Wilson, RTT, The James Cook University hospital Middlesbrough (UK)

More information coming soon.