Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation


Registration by email: 10 July - 3 August

Athens, Greece

Less can be better: you will go back home knowing how to select and treat earlystage breast cancer patients with Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation.



The course is primarily intended for specialists and trainees in the field of radiation and clinical oncology who are interested in extending their knowledge, specifically of the management of early stage and low risk breast cancer.

Course Director

Philip Poortmans, Radiation Oncologist, Institute Curie, Paris, (FR)


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Accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) is rightfully becoming increasingly popular as a standard treatment option for early stage breast cancer. Numerous patients participated in several prospective randomised clinical trials using a wide variety of techniques. We expect that more long-term results will be presented in the coming years.


This course is planned to be organised in the even years and should be clearly distinguished from the multidisciplinary course that will continue to being organised in the odd years in Europe. As breast cancer is a very common cancer and APBI can be considered as a distinctive and standard approach in modern breast cancer treatment, we are confident that by organising both courses on an alternate basis we meet a clear need of the radiation oncology community.



This course dedicated to APBI will present only very few general issues of breast cancer and especially focus on patient selection and on the variety of techniques that can be used for the delivery of APBI. It will elaborate extensively on the technical aspects of the delivery of this specific form of radiation therapy, including optimal target volume delineation.


Apart from presentations, interactivity will be stimulated by organising clinical case discussions, target volume contouring exercises and debates. The faculty includes specialists in all technical approaches currently used for delivering APBI.

Course Content

  • Epidemiology: is the proportion of early stage low risk patients increasing?
  • Patient selection based on tumour- and patient-related factors
  • Local surgery: choices and techniques (including oncoplastic)
  • Target volume delineation with discussions based on homework
  • Practical treatment preparation and delivery tips and tricks
  • APBI techniques including external beam, intraoperative electron beam, interstitial, endocavitary brachytherapy and other techniques
  • Pre-operative APBI
  • Fractionation schedules
  • Combination of external beam APBI with advanced treatment techniques including IGRT and breathing control
  • Long-term effects including cosmetic outcome after APBI
  • Recent and on-going clinical trials
  • Clinical case discussions.


Before commencing this course participants should:

  • Have at least basic experience with all aspects of radiation therapy for breast cancer patients.

If the participants are not radiation/clinical oncologists (in training) they should be involved in the interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary case discussions and/or in work related to treating breast cancer patients

  • Participate on beforehand in the exercises on target volume delineation for APBI in breast cancer.

Teaching Methods

Approximately (spread over 3,5 days):

  • 21 hours of lectures, case discussions and debates
  • 4 hours of practical workshops for treatment preparation including contouring and treatment delivery.

Methods of Assessment

  • MCQ
  • Delineation exercise
  • Evaluation form.

Key Words

Breast cancer, radiation therapy, multidisciplinarity, breast conserving therapy, APBI, clinical trials, target volume delineation, side effects, quality of life.

Further Reading

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


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 Physicians Recognition Award (PRA). Information on the status of the applications can be obtained from the ESTRO office.


Titania Hotel 52
Panepistimiou Ave.
10678 Athens

We would like to inform you that we will be updating our IT infrastructure over the summer period. The update will provide our community with a faster and more seamless user experience when registering to our events.

As a result, between 10 July and 3 August 2020, online registrations to our activities will be temporarily unavailable. During this period, you will still be able to register to the teaching courses and contouring workshops of your interest by sending a request to



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 2020 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.



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.

On-site registration will not be available.

Since the number of participants is limited, late registrants are advised to contact the ESTRO office before payment, to inquire about availability of places. Access to homework and/or course material will become available upon receipt of full payment.

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 2020 are eligible (please make sure your 2020 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