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Brachytherapy – an update on current UK practice 18 Sep 2020

This exciting half-day virtual event provided updates for best practice for gynaecological and prostate brachytherapy from leading clinicians in the field. Radiotherapy experts explained the best way to plan these treatments. Furthermore, an overview of emerging techniques / treatment accuracy / safety was presented.

Who should watch?: Oncologists / therapy radiographers / radiotherapy physicist of all grades from trainees to consultants.

Educational aims:

  • To be aware of current best practice for gynaecological brachytherapy
  • To be aware of the current most likely causes of errors and incidents in brachytherapy in the UK
Professor Peter Hoskin
Peter Hoskin trained in clinical oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital London and has been consultant in clinical oncology at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Northwood UK since 1992. He is also Professor in Clinical Oncology in the University of Manchester and honorary consultant in clinical oncology at the Christie Hospital, Manchester and University College Hospital, London. Research interests focus on radiosensitisation, biomarkers, radiotherapy quality assurance, palliative radiotherapy, and brachytherapy. He is a member of the GEC ESTRO committee and chairs the ESTRO UroGEC group. In the UK chairs the Fellowship Examination Board and the Academic Committee for the Royal College of Radiologists. He has published extensively and was Editor of Clinical Oncology for 15 years. He is now Clinical Editor for Radiotherapy and Oncology and sits on several journal editorial boards including Brachytherapy and the Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy.

Dr Lucy Partridge
A senior clinical scientist in radiotherapy physics with a particular interest in brachytherapy who has made significant contributions to prostate, gynaecological and rectal brachytherapy at different centres in the U.K. She is a RTTQA physicist for the PIVOTAL Boost trial and is responsible for reviewing benchmarking and clinical HDR prostate brachytherapy plans to assess suitability for inclusion in the trial.

Dr Li Tee Tan
Dr Li has a special interest in image-guided brachytherapy for cervix cancer having implemented the technique at Addenbrooke's in 2005 and is a core member of the EMBRACE international cervix cancer research group.

Ms Diane Whitney
Diane is currently Head of Brachytherapy Physics in Addenbrookes hospital, where she has worked for 24 years.  Her role is to provide Physics support to both Gynae HDR brachytherapy and Prostate LDR brachytherapy.  In gynae, she has seen and supported the transition from simple LDR Intracavitary brachy to IGBT Venezia IC with oblique needle interstitial brachy. 

Ms Sarah Wilby
Principal Clinical Scientist, Deputy Head Brachytherapy Physics, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust on behalf of Dr Tony Palmer, Head of Medical Physics, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr David Eaton
David Eaton is a clinical physicist at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital in London. He studied initially at the University of Cambridge, where he later received his PhD for work in intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT). He has worked in a number of clinical radiotherapy departments around the UK, and was also the lead physicist for the national radiotherapy trials quality assurance group (RTTQA). Research interests have included IORT, practical radiation dosimetry, radiation protection, and clinical trials QA, leading to about 50 publications and 10 book chapters. He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), and member of the BIR leadership SIG.

Ms Helen Best
Helen is an experienced therapy radiographer who has been part of the radiotherapy team at Public Health England (PHE) since 2012. Helen is the editor of the radiotherapy publications “Safer Radiotherapy”, which disseminates learning from the analysis of radiotherapy error and near miss events (RTE).

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Duration:191 mins