Lower GI: technical and clinical challenges for radiation oncologists

20-22 March, 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Mainly radiation oncologists, physicists, radiation therapists (RTTs) and researchers in the field of radiation oncology/biology who seek to improve and deepen their knowledge and practical skills in the treatment of lower gastro-intestinal malignancies (anal, rectal cancer).


Course directors
Claus Rödel, Radiation Oncologist, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt (DE)

•     Ane Appelt, Medical Physicist, University of Leeds & St James’s University Hospital, Leeds (UK)
•     Geerard Beets, Surgeon, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (NL)
•     Regina Beets-Tan, Radiologist, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (NL)
•     Emmanouil Fokas, Radiation Oncologist, Klinikum der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt,(DE)
•     Rob Glynne-Jones, Radiation Oncologist, Mount Vernon Centre for Cancer Treatment, London (UK)
•     Karin Haustermans, Radiation Oncologist, University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Leuven (BE)
•     Corrie Marijnen, Radiation Oncologist, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam ( NL)

Local Organiser 

Regina Beets-Tan, Radiologist, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (NL)  

Contouring Administrator

Maria Antonietta Gambacorta, Radiation Oncologist, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome (IT) 


The aim of the course is to provide an interactive educational set-up to learn, understand and possibly improve the major steps of radiation therapy practice for anal and rectal cancer, including planning, delivering and monitoring radiation therapy by use of modern radiation technologies and techniques (IMRT, IGRT). In a truly interactive atmosphere, participants will be able to identify the major uncertainties of daily practice and learn how to handle them. Participants will also learn how radiation therapy for anal and rectal cancer is best combined with chemotherapy and (possibly) molecularly targeted agents. The most relevant ongoing questions in multidisciplinary management of rectal cancer, including aspects of modern imaging and innovative surgical approaches, will be addressed.