Advanced Treatment Planning

Budapest, Hungary

[ Early deadline: 19 June 2019 ]
[ Dose calculation ]

The course is aimed primarily at staff involved in advanced treatment planning in their daily routine, preferably with at least two years of experience. This is designed not only for radiation therapists (RTTs) but also for physicists and radiation oncologists with clinical experience and a basic understanding of the fundamental components of treatment planning, who wish to deepen their knowledge of various planning techniques.

Course director 

  • Gert Meijer, Medical Physicist, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht (NL) 

Co-chair 

  • Neil Burnet, Radiation Oncologist, Cambridge University and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge (UK)

Teachers 

  • Desirée van den Bongard, Radiation Oncologist, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht (NL) 

  • Marcel van Herk, Radiotherapy Physicist, The Christie, Manchester (UK) 

  • Nicola Dinapoli, Radiation Oncologist, University Clinics A Gemelli, Rome (IT)  

  • Ursula Nestle, Radiation Oncologist, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, Freiburg (DE)  

  • Markus Stock, Medical Physicist, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna (AT)

Local organiser

  • Tibor Major, Physicist, National Institute of Oncology, Budapest

This five day course intends to:  

  • Enhance the knowledge of comprehensive treatment planning and the understanding of strategies to obtain optimal treatment plans for patients. This implies a complex integration of clinical, imaging, biological and physical/technological knowledge, skills and competencies.  

  • Focus on challenging scenarios related to the interaction of these issues with a specific focus on advanced adaptations of close distribution, with and without computer aided optimisation and modelling, in particular in more complex cases

Learning outcomes

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

  • Have a comprehensive understanding of all parts of the planning process and also plan evaluation for intensity modulated radiotherapy (both step-and-shoot IMRT and VMAT) 

  • Increase accuracy as well as effectiveness in the planning process 

  • Understand the basis for comparing different plans for the same case 

  • Understand the problem of competing priorities in planning 

  • Appreciate the concept of plan optimisation

Course content

  • Broadening the therapeutic band width  

  • Dose calculation algorithms and their differences in clinical impact 

  • Applying ICRU in treatment planning 

  • Non-IMRT planning – from simple to complex 

  • Relationships between 3D dose distributions and clinical toxicities, chest, head and neck, pelvis  

  • Rationale behind IMRT 

  • Practical guidelines for both step-and-shoot IMRT and VMAT planning 

  • Physical and biological optimisation 

  • Pareto fronts in clinical practice 

  • Geometric uncertainties and how to deal with them 

  • Molecular imaging in treatment planning 

  • Adaptive planning strategies 

  • Library planning, dose painting planning, robust and probabilistic planning

Prerequisites

The course is aimed primarily at staff involved in advanced treatment planning in their daily routine, preferably with at least two years of experience. This is designed not only for radiation therapists (RTTs) but also for physicists and radiation oncologists with clinical experience and a basic understanding of the fundamental components of treatment planning, who wish to deepen their knowledge of various planning techniques.

Teaching methods

  • 19 hours of lectures 

  • 9 hours of practical workshops 

  • 4 hours of case discussions

Methods of assessment

  • MCQ  

  • Evaluation form

Programme

The course will start on Sunday morning 22 September at 09:00, registrations starting at 08:00. The course will finish on Thursday 26 September around noon.

A draft programme is available here.

Key words

  • IMRT 
  • VMAT 
  • IGRT 
  • Target Definition 
  • Tolerant doses 
  • Inverse treatment planning 
  • Dose Calculation 
  • Recent IMRT developments

Further reading / web resources

To be provided if available

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.

Venue

Novotel Budapest Centrum Budapest 
Rákóczi út 43-45, 1088 Hungary

https://www.accorhotels.com/fr/hotel-3560-novotel-budapest-centrum/index.shtml  

Accommodation

No accommodation agent or preferred hotel has been selected for this course. Delegates are welcome to book their own accommodation in the hotel of their choice. We can suggest you to use some well-known booking sites that allow you to have a quick overview on the price range and location of the hotel/apartment.

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 2019 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

 

Early rate

Late rate

In-training members* 450 EUR 625 EUR
Members 600 EUR 725 EUR
Non Members 750 EUR 850 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.

Only a few spots available! 

If you would like to register,  please contact education@estro.org

On-site registration will not be available.

 

Insurance and cancellation

The organiser does not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance policies.   
In case an unforeseen event would force ESTRO to cancel the meeting, the Society will reimburse the participants fully the registration fees. ESTRO will not be responsible for the refund of travel and accommodation costs.

In case of cancellation, full refund of the registration fee minus 15% for administrative costs may be obtained up to three months before the course and 50% of the fee up to one month before the course. No refund will be made if the cancellation request is postmarked less than one month before the start of the course.

Reduced fees

ESTRO members from economically challenged countries may register at a preferential rate of 350 Euro if three conditions are met:

  1. Only ESTRO members for 2019 are eligible (please make sure your 2019 membership is in order before you apply for the reduced fees)
  2. Only one course per person per year can be subsidized by ESTRO
  3. Sponsored candidates are not entitled to reduced fees (the invoicing address has to be the one of the participant)  

Please note: 

  • We can only guarantee a certain number of reduced fees per course
  • Application deadlines are the same as early registration fees (3 months before the course date

List of Economically challenged countries and eligible courses 

Grants

Many of our course participants are able to find full or partial funding from sources available locally. 

For more please go to: GRANTS

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