Online course

Lower GI: Technical and clinical challenges for radiation oncologists

Learn all about radiation therapy and how to improve it for anal and rectal cancer on this interactive course. It covers planning, delivering and monitoring radiation therapy using modern technologies on their own or in combination with other systemic treatments

Mainly radiation oncologists, physicists, radiation therapists (RTTs) and researchers in the field of radiation oncology/biology who seek to improve and deepen their knowledge and practical skills in the treatment of lower gastro-intestinal malignancies (anal, rectal cancer). 

Course director

Claus Rödel, Radiation Oncologist, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt (DE)

Teachers

• Geerard Beets, Surgeon, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (NL) 

• Regina Beets-Tan, Radiologist, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (NL) 

• Ane Appelt, Medical Physicist, University of Leeds & St James’s University Hospital, Leeds (UK)

• Rob Glynne-Jones, Radiation Oncologist, Mount Vernon Centre for Cancer Treatment, London (UK)

• Karin Haustermans, Radiation Oncologist, University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Leuven (BE)

• Corrie A.M. Marijnen, Radiation Oncologist, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden (NL)

  • Emmanouil Fokas, Radiation Oncologist, Klinikum der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt,  Germany

Contouring administrator 

Maria Antonietta Gambacorta, Radiation Oncologist, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome (IT)

Mainly radiation oncologists, physicists, radiation therapists (RTTs) and researchers in the field of radiation oncology/biology who seek to improve and deepen their knowledge and practical skills in the treatment of lower gastro-intestinal malignancies (anal, rectal cancer). 

Learning Outcomes

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

• Understand and justify indications for radiation therapy in different clinical scenarios

• Integrate modern imaging into radiotherapy treatment planning and delivery

• Tailor target volume delineation according to tumour location and stage

• Optimise dose distribution and compare different RT techniques 

• Assess the usefulness of available IGRT technologies

• Monitor tumour response and discuss possible clinical consequences 

• Understand and exploit the interactions between radiation therapy and concurrent or sequential systemic treatment

• Improve radiation (and concurrent systemic treatment) delivery by optimised supportive care.

Course Content

Experts in the field will provide online lectures and interactive case discussions on all aspects of radiotherapy planning and delivery, and open debates on controversial issues in multidisciplinary care. This will include state-of-the art teaching of pivotal clinical trials on anal and rectal cancer treatment and explanation of the background of current guidelines. This course will then have a particular focus on how to improve radiation therapy delivery, all the way down from initial patient set-up, treatment planning, delineation of target volumes, optimisation of dose distribution, image-guided monitoring of radiation delivery, and assessment of tumour response. 

Prerequisites

Before commencing this course, participants should: 

• Have studied the pivotal clinical trials that have established the role of radiation therapy and combined modality treatment approaches for anal and rectal cancer 

• Be familiar with standard procedures of radiation therapy planning and delivery

• Be aware of open questions and ongoing controversies in the multidisciplinary care of both tumour entities.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, interactive case discussions, debates on controversial issues on all aspects of RT planning and delivery, debates on multidisciplinary care.

 

Key Words

Rectal cancer, anal cancer, technical aspects of radiation treatment planning and delivery, concurrent systemic treatment, multidisciplinary care.

Further Reading

Please consult the ESTRO website page of this course for further information.

Accreditation

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 recognised 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.

 

 

Programme

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Key Words

Rectal cancer, anal cancer, technical aspects of radiation treatment planning and delivery, concurrent systemic treatment, multidisciplinary care.

Further Reading

Please consult the ESTRO website page of this course for further information.

Accreditation

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 recognised 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.

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

 

Standard Rate

Desk Rate

ESTRO members working in countries with a less competitive economic background*/ In-training members**

 350 EUR

 600 EUR

Members

 400 EUR 

 600 EUR

Non Members

 500 EUR

 600 EUR

*  All specialties: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia,, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine

RTTs and physicists only: Cyprus  

RTTs only: Italy 

To apply for the above rate, please contact education@estro.org at least 2 weeks before the start of the course. Thereafter, the desk rate will be applied.

** Members with specialty Radiation Therapist (RTT) may register at the In Training fee

The standard rate is applied up to 2 weeks before the starting date of the course.

Desk rates are applied 2 weeks before the starting date of the course.

 

Advance registration & payment are required.              

Registration will close on the date published on the front page of the course.
 

Cancellation

A registration to the online workshop may be cancelled without any fees before pre-online course material is sent out. Pre-online course material is sent out a few days before the first workshop lesson. After the pre-online course material is sent out, no refund of the  registration fee is possible.

Fee for ESTRO members working in countries with a less competitive economic background:

ESTRO members working in countries with a less competitive economic background can benefit from the above fees 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. Sponsored candidates are not entitled to these fees (the invoicing address has to be the one of the participant)  
  3. Your application is submitted 2 weeks before the course start date

Early deadline: 10 March 2021