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Personalised radiotherapy treatment strategy at UKRCO 2018

13 June, 2018
Andy Beavis
Andy Beavis

Andy Beavis, Consultant Medical Physicist and Head of Radiation Physics at Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust, promises delegates a thought provoking presentation on future radiotherapy planning approaches, on the opening day of UKRO during UKRCO 2018 (UK Radiological and Radiation Congress).

Andy’s afternoon session on 2 July will pose the question: what tools do we need for contemporary radiotherapy treatment planning?

He plans to develop the theme that present-day radiotherapy has achieved tremendous improvements in the last 25 years, so that currently the UK is at a stage where patients receive high-quality radiotherapy, but the treatment is reliant on population-based decision making.

“To take us to the next ‘level’ we will be focusing more on a personalised radiotherapy strategy for which the initial step would be ‘on table adaption’ becoming a standard approach to treat ‘what we see in front of us today’, Andy says.

“In other words, using the high-quality imaging we have available to adapt the treatment to be as conformal/effective as possible - rather than ‘to keep the original treatment plan on-course’,” says Andy.

“For this we are going to need tools/algorithms that allow rapid decision making, fast segmentation of images, tracking of organs over the respiration cycle and fast optimisation algorithms, amongst other things.”

His presentation will aim to set the scene for the following speaker Martin Menten, PhD student at the Institute of Cancer, London. Martin’s session ‘Managing motion with 4D imaging’ will discuss 4D imaging and how it can be used to inform treatment decisions.

About UKRCO 2018
UKRO (United Kingdom Radiation Oncology) papers will be delivered by a diverse mix of leading professionals from across the globe, including clinical oncologists, therapeutic radiographers, radiotherapy physicists, clinical radiobiologists, clinical technologists, dosimetrists and oncology nurses.

The Congress is organised on behalf of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), the British Institute of Radiology (BIR) and the Society & College of Radiographers (SCoR). It will be held at the ACC and Exhibition Centre in Liverpool from 2-4 July.

This year’s theme, ‘Disease and Diversity’, offers delegates a comprehensive and challenging scientific and educational programme, comprising a wide range of sessions and formats.

More information and to register for UKRCO 2018.

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