3D Radiotherapy with a Special Emphasis on Implementation of MRI / CT Based Brachytherapy in Cervical Cancer 3rd ESTRO-AROI GYN Teaching Course

14-17 March, 2019
Rishikesh, India


The course is aimed at teams consisting of radiation oncologists and medical physicists from institutions with concrete plans to implement 3D radiotherapy for cervical cancer, with a special interest in MR/ CT Image Based Brachytherapy. The Institutions which participated in the 1st and 2nd gynaecology AROI ESTRO teaching course in Bengaluru(2017) and Lucknow (2018) are encouraged to register and will be selected on priority for thiscourse. The institutions should have the necessary infrastructure for 3D brachytherapy available (afterloader, access to 3D imaging, CT/MR compatible applicators and a relevant treatment planning system) to facilitate the initiation of implementation of 3D techniques after the course. This is the third course which would be helpful to further develop and refine the 3D approach over time and get feedback on their progress with implementation. Participants should therefore be prepared to invest time in implementation of 3D techniques in between courses and to take part in homework / feedback efforts. A finite number of teams from various set-ups and geographical locations in India will be invited by AROI. Participants from neighbouring countries and other Asia Pacific (APAC) Region (max 5-10) may also participate.



ESTRO Course directors
•    Richard Pötter, Radiation Oncologist, Medical University Hospital, Vienna (AT)
•    Kari Tanderup, Medical Physicist, University Hospital, Aarhus (DK) 

AROI Course directors
•    Umesh Mahantshetty, Radiation Oncologist, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai (IN)
•    Jamema Swamidas, Medical Physicist, ACTREC, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai (IN)

Christine Haie Meder, Radiation Oncologist, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (FR) 
D N Sharma, Radiation Oncologist, AIIMS, Delhi (IN)  

Guest Faculty
Abhishek Basu, Radiation Oncologist, Medical College Kolkata, Kolkata  
A Dheera, Radiation Medical Physicist, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai (IN)  
Ajeet Gandhi, Radiation Oncologist, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow 
Naidu Lavanya, Radiation Oncologist, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai 

Local organiser
•    Manoj Gupta, Dean, Professor and Head Radiation Oncologist, AIIMS, Rishikesh



The course aims to:
•  Teach about principles of 3D image-based EBRT and brachytherapy including techniques and treatment planning
•  Provide understanding of commissioning, quality assurance, principles of planning, plan evaluation and reporting of 2D and 3D brachytherapy in cervical cancer
•  Introduce 3D image-based target concepts of GTV, CTV and PTV including both EBRT and brachytherapy in cervical cancer
•  Enable practical implementation of 3D techniques in EBRT and brachytherapy in cervical cancer
•  Provide an overview on the radiation therapy (external radiation and brachytherapy) in cervical cancer.
•  Enhance the practical implemention and logistics in the existing environment
•  Provide further roadmap and steps of intervention to improve the existing standards.