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Advanced Radiotherapy Techniques Clinical School at the forefront of radiation oncology training

The Advanced Radiotherapy Techniques Clinical School at the Champalimaud Centre brings innovative training techniques in a constantly developing field to an international audience.

  1. 24.2.2017

    The Advanced Radiotherapy Techniques Clinical School takes place at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown on a monthly basis. Participants are welcomed from all over the world to learn about the cutting edge radiotherapeutic modalities, techniques and treatments. The presentations are created and given by our specialists, who tailor the content of the course to the participants, of course answering questions and providing their experience throughout every session, as well as guidance on how to use the latest sophisticated equipment, including the Edge Radiosurgery System, which was used for the first time ever at the Champalimaud Centre.

    At the end of the first day, whenever possible, the participants can observe a live session of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), where a prostate cancer patient receives a millimetrically accurate dose of targeted radiation using advanced imaging techniques. This may be used to deliver hyper fractionated radiation doses over a period of days, or even just a single dose of radiation is able, in certain cases, to replace the 30+ doses that would generally be required over several weeks using conventional radiotherapy.

    From Varian CSC Physics Support, Wiktor Starzyk, who accompanies the participants most months, said: “The course that the Champalimaud Centre offers is the final step for healthcare professionals in the field. It is the first and only course in Europe offering an insight into SBRT, and allows the participants to see and use some of the most sophisticated radiotherapy equipment around. The Champalimaud specialists are always friendly, well-prepared and knowledgable. One of the things that stands out for me is the multidisciplinary nature of the course; there are oncologists, physicists and technicians, and the sessions are carefully prepared so that everybody gets to see aspects of their field that maybe they don’t usually get involved with. There are also specific sessions where the groups are split into specialties, to have a more in depth view of their particular area of interest. Coming to the Champalimaud Centre in Lisbon always delivers the full package; knowledge and experience, sophisticated equipment and wonderful facilities, alongside a beautiful view and usually great weather.”

    Course Director Dr. Nuno Pimentel, a radiation oncologist here at the Clinical Centre added, “This course covers a multitude of treatment scenarios where we use novel radiation therapy techniques. We aim to encourage participants to immerse themselves in the true “on-line” day to day routine, with hands-on treatment planning and live clinical cases. This fosters almost one-to-one interaction with the participants and gives both sides the opportunity to share experiences. The design reflects 3 years of successful courses where previous participants’ remarks, suggestions and comments have been incorporated into the syllabus. Over the years, we have had the privilege of welcoming many different teams and presenting our work to a very diverse, multicultural collection of participants. Visiting teams have come from almost all corners: the United States, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Truly a unique experience.”

    The participants stay with us for three intensive days of presentations, treatment planning, case studies, and Live cases as well as tours of our facilities and even a trip to the iconic Belem Tower, which is just a short walk from the Champalimaud Centre.

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