PRE-MEETING COURSE - Basic course brachytherapy treatment

FRIDAY 26 APRIL 2019 | 08:30-17:30
Course directors: R.I. Schokker (NL) and B. Wisgrill (AT)

COURSE AIM
Radiation Therapist (RTTs), dosimetrists and RT nurses have several tasks in the brachytherapy treatment. To get to a more uniform level of knowledge, this course will provide with the basic principles of brachytherapy. Next, to these basic principles, there will be different hospitals from
various European countries presenting their workflow. It will be an interactive program, where participants can share their experiences.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
The participants will:
• Gain knowledge of the basic physiological and biological aspects of brachytherapy
• Gain knowledge in assisting during the brachytherapy treatment
• Understand the strengths and limitations of the described techniques
• Understand the role of the RTTs, dosimetrists and RT nurses
• Be able to expand the role of nurses, dosimetrists and RTTs in their brachytherapy department.


TARGET AUDIENCE

The course is aimed at radiation therapists (RTTs), RT nurses, and dosimetrists who want to improve their basic knowledge of brachytherapy. It will also be very helpful to physicians and physicists who want the RT nurses, dosimetrists or RTTs from their department to be more
involved in brachytherapy.

Programme

 

Time slot

Title

Teacher

08:30-8.40

Introduction “new horizons in brachytherapy for RTT’s, nurses and dosimetrists

Course directors

8.40-9.10

Clinical rationale for brachytherapy (should we still do brachytherapy?)

Nikolaos Tselis (DE)

9.10-9.35

Brachytherapy what is it about? (principles and physics (“old school brachytherapy”)

Daniel Berger (AT)

9.35-10.00

Brachytherapy in the current era and the future

Rogier Schokker (NL)

10.00-10.30

Brachytherapy safety

Jacco Steenhuijsen (NL)

10:30-11:00

COFFEE BREAK

11.00-11.30

Role for RTT’s in brachytherapy

Natalie Ritt (AT)

11-30-12.00

Role for nurses in brachytherapy

Ludwig Van den Berghe (BE)

12.00-12.30

Role for dosimetrists in brachytherapy

Susana Goncalves (PT)

12:30-14:00

LUNCH

14.00-14.25

Education and training in brachytherapy

Rosaleen Farrell (UK)

14.25-14.30

Introduction breakout sessions

Course directors

14.30-15.30

Breakout session expanding the role of nurses/RTT’s and dosimetrists

Rogier Schokker (NL) and Bernd Wisgrill (AT)

15:30-16:00

COFFEE BREAK

16.00-16.30

Results breakout session

Course directors

16.30-17.20

Debate: only with a RTT / brachytherapy nurse /dosimetrist the brachytherapy team is complete

Sara Abdollahi (IR) and Daniel Berger (AT)

17.20-17.30

Close of pre-meeting