By the end of this course participants should be able to understand the:
•  Essentials of brachytherapy sources, physics, applicators and afterloaders
•  Essentials of brachytherapy dose planning, possibilities and pitfalls of stepping source optimisation techniques
•  Essentials of low-dose rate, high-dose rate and pulsed-dose rate radiobiology
•  Indications and contraindications of brachytherapy in clinical oncology
•  Essentials of different applicators to perform brachytherapy.


•  Principles of radioactivity
•  Sources used in brachytherapy
•  Physics and dose calculation
•  Image-guided brachytherapy
•  Dosimetric uncertainties 
•  Clinical radiobiology in brachytherapy: general principles
•  Radioprotection and afterloaders
•  Optimisation of stepping source brachytherapy
•  Permanent seed and HDR prostate implants
•  Interstitial brachytherapy
•  Place of intracavitary brachytherapy in cervix, endometrium and vaginal cancer
•  Place of endoluminal brachytherapy in oesophageal and bronchus carcinoma
•  Brachytherapy for breast, bladder, anal canal, head and neck, and skin cancer
•  Brachytherapy for pediatric malignancies
•  Recommendations for recording and reporting in interstitial, intracavitary and endoluminal brachytherapy
•  Use of DVH-parameters
•  Practical examples of interstitial, intracavitary
•  Applicator localisation for treatment planning
•  Permanent and temporary brachytherapy treatment planning
•  Practical exercises.


Before commencing this course participants should be qualified or in training as a medical doctor, medical physicist or radiation therapist (RTT) in the field of brachytherapy.



•  18 hours of lectures
•  6 hours of hands on practical sessions on applicators and treatment planning implantations 
•  5 hours of contouring case homework and discussions.

This course consists of didactic lectures, practical sessions with applicators, interactive sessions with treatment planning stations and clinical aspects and examples.



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