Pre-meeting courses: Friday 29 April 2016 


Clinical pre-meeting course: Re-irradiation: background, state-of-the-art and perspectives for clinical practice

Course directors: N. Burnet (UK) and V. Valentini (IT)

Course aim 

To provide an update on background, state-of-the-art and perspectives of re-irradiation in clinical practice. 

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Physics pre-meeting course: Multidimensional dosimetry systems

Course directors: N. Jornet (ES) and J. van de Kamer (NL)

Course aim

Dosimetry has always played a major role in the safe implementation of new treatment techniques and technologies (e.g. IMRT, VMAT, IMPT) and will continue to do so for upcoming and emerging treatment concepts (e.g. adaptive radiotherapy, dose painting and irradiation with MR linac hybrid systems). The course aim is to review existing and address future detectors for multidimensional and time resolved dosimetry including the underlying physical or chemical principle. The participants will learn the advantages and limitations, including uncertainties, of various systems when used in realistic, modulated dose distributions. Additionally, the participants will be provided with insight in the complexity of dosimetric comparisons.

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Radiobiology pre-meeting course: Clinical application of new combinations: how to test and optimise novel biological agents in combination with radiotherapy

Course director: A. Chalmers (UK) and D. Zips (DE)

Course aim

Enable participants to understand the scientific and methodological principles associated with pre-clinical and clinical development of novel combinations of biological agents with radiotherapy, and raise awareness of key challenges as well as controversies in this rapidly evolving field. 

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Intedisciplinary pre-meeting course: Planning and delivering high-dose lung radiotherapy in clinical practice

Course directors: D. De Ruysscher (NL) and M. Schwarz (IT) 

Course aim

The improvement of lung radiotherapy is clinically needed as much as it is technically non-trivial. Several  tools are available for imaging, planning and treatment delivery that can help achieve better treatments, as long as their use is guided by both a clear clinical perspective and an understanding of their possibilities and limitations.

The aim of the course is to identify bottlenecks and challenges in the optimal planning and execution of high-dose radiotherapy in lung cancer in daily practice and to discuss/propose solutions.  At the same time, technical evolutions that will become available in the coming years will be discussed.

The course will leave plenty of time for interactions between the participants and the teachers. 

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RTT pre-meeting course: Contouring of organs at risk: theory and practice

Course directors: M. Leech (IE) and D. Pasini (IT)

Course aim

Sparing of critical normal structures in radiotherapy remains an important topic in the era of novel delivery techniques. Reports such as QUANTEC and those from the RTOG have summarised the scientific evidence of many studies relating to the dose tolerance of the main OAR and also remark on the importance of normal tissue delineation, considering both anatomical and functional aspects.

In order to achieve the best level of accuracy in the delineation of OAR we need to improve knowledge of the anatomical limits of selected structures. It is also important to become familiar with contouring on different imaging modalities implemented in treatment planning systems, without neglecting the organ dose-volume tolerance.

This course will specifically focus on the anatomical definition of normal structures in the head and neck, thorax and pelvis.

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Contouring Workshops


Eight FALCON workshops have been planned for ESTRO 35. FALCON workshops have been organised at ESTRO congresses since 2010 and have been growing steadily in popularity.



  • Prostate cancer in the post-prostatectomy setting
  • OAR for the upper abdomen
  • Anal canal
  • Spine SBRT


Target audience

The delineation workshops are aimed at all radiation oncology professionals who want to improve their contouring skills.

Three types of cases are dedicated to radiation oncologists: a common case, a rare case and a more advanced case. The OAR case is especially targeted to RTTs and dosimetrists.

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