(POSTPONED UNTIL 2021) Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer

Manchester, UK

Low dose rate or high dose rate brachytherapy? What’s the difference and how do you do it? Which treatment for prostate cancer is best and in what circumstances? This course covers a range of topics from patient selection, to implant and planning technique, to new developments in the field.

The course is aimed at all those who may be part of a prostate brachytherapy team and for those wishing to set up a prostate brachytherapy unit i.e.: urologists, radiation oncologists, radiation therapists (RTTs) radiologists, physicists and specialist nurses.

Course Director

Peter Hoskin, Radiation Oncologist, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, London , Christie Hospital, Manchester and the University of Manchester (UK)


  • Bashar Al Qaisieh, Medical Physicist, Cookridge Hospital, Leeds (UK)
  • Stefan Machtens, Urologist, Marien- Krankenhaus, Bergisch Gladbach (DE)
  • Carl Salembier, Radiation Oncologist, Cliniques de l’Europe, Brussels (BE)
  • Frank-Andr. Siebert, Medical Physicist, Universit√§tsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel (DE)

Contouring Administrator

Carl Salembier, Radiation Oncologist, Cliniques de l’Europe, Brussels (BE)

Local Organiser

Peter Hoskin, Radiation Oncologist, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, London, Christie Hospital, Manchester and the University of Manchester (UK)


The course aims to: 

  • Discuss patient selection, indications and contra-indications for brachytherapy. 
  • Provide an overview of the, physics background techniques, equipment and staffing for a prostate brachytherapy unit and regulatory requirements. 
  • Give an overview of the results, side effects and their management 
  • Discuss new developments relevant to brachytherapy in imaging, focal therapy and salvage

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Requirements for a successful brachytherapy programme
  • Relevant patient groups for prostate brachytherapy and the literature reporting their outcome  
  • Current areas of development in focal and salvage prostate brachytherapy.

Course Content

This course includes an overview on epidemiology and treatment options for localised prostate cancer.   Patient selection for both HDR and LDR seed implants will be discussed with treatment indications and contra-indications. Practical examples of gland evaluation, different implant techniques, ways of treatment planning, and post implant evaluation are presented in the context of videos and interactive discussions between participants and the teaching staff. New approaches are discussed including salvage and focal therapy. Comparisons are presented between LDR and HDR brachytherapy implants and between brachytherapy and other treatments available for prostate cancer.


Before commencing this course participants should:

  • Revise the general principles of prostate cancer pathology, diagnosis and staging
  • Read the published GEC-ESTRO guidelines in LDR and HDR prostate brachytherapy
  • Complete the FALCON* exercise which is distributed prior to the course.

Teaching Methods

  • 11 hours of lectures
  • 1 hour of contouring
  • 2 hours of practical workshops
  • 3 hours of interactive discussions.

Methods of Assessment

  • MCQ  
  • Delineation exercises
  • Evaluation form.






A draft programme is available here

Key Words

Prostate brachytherapy, high dose rate, low dose rate, radioiodine, afterloading.



Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre

70 Shudehill

M4 4AF, UK


Participants can book single rooms at Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre at the preferential rate of 139 GBP/night until 21st May 2020.

Price changes from legislation are borne by the ultimate consumer.

To book a room please contact the hotel directly and reserve under the booking reference ‘EST’: conference@cpmanchester.com or contact number: +44 (0)161 828 8600

Note that only a limited number of rooms is available and will be granted on a first come first served basis.


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*   400 EUR  575 EUR
Members   550 EUR   675 EUR
Non Members   700 EUR  800 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