Re-irradiation – a one-day bootcamp
Friday, 3 May 2024 from 08:30-17:00
- Ane Appelt, Medical Physicist, University of Leeds & St James’s University Hospital (UK)
- Eliana Maria Vasquez Osorio, Senior Researcher, The University of Manchester (UK)
- Heidi Rønde, Medical Physicist, Danish Center for Particle Therapy, Aarhus University Hospital (DK)
Re-irradiation is seeing increasing use in clinical practice, and is becoming part of standard care for many patient groups. However, re-irradiation in most clinics is still more art than science. This course will provide a broad introduction to the considerable challenges surrounding the use of re-irradiation; including identifying patients who are candidates for re-irradiation, dose constraints for normal tissue, tissue recovery factors, practical clinical workflows, image registration & dose accumulation, treatment planning, etc. We will focus on broader questions, with limited time spent on a selected tumour sites.
By the end of this course participants should:
- Be able to define and classify re-irradiation
- Understand the challenges involved in delivering re-irradiation, including the main clinical areas of concern and current international patterns of care
- Be able to perform dose accumulation; including critical use of rigid and deformable image registration, assessing mapping uncertainties, and radiobiological dose correction
- Understand the available evidence on dose constraints for normal tissue in the re-irradiation setting
- Understand the potential role played by novel technologies, such as proton therapy
Who should attend?
Everybody interested in or dealing with re-irradiation in clinical practice - including (radiation) oncologists, physicists and RTTs. We also welcome radiotherapy researchers working on topics relevant for re-irradiation, such as radiobiologists, computer scientists, or data scientists.
The programme is available here.