PTCOG 60 CME Program
Who Should Attend
This conference offers a broad curriculum in the field of particle therapy for clinician and healthcare professionals including radiation oncologists, medical physicists, biologists, therapists, dosimetrists and other staff supporting the treatment of patients with particle therapy modalities. There will be educational sessions and current scientific reports. Experts in the field will be presenting overviews and new work.
PTCOG 60 Scientific Program Session Goals
The understanding and use of Particle therapy continues to evolve as our understanding of patient outcomes increases. A current practice gap involves technological advances, which have allowed more sophisticated treatment planning and delivery and their application to patient treatments.
Goal 1: Present information which bridges the gap to these advances.
Identify novel approaches for incorporating the known physical and biological characteristics of particle therapy into radiation treatment planning and patient treatment
Provide new data from particle therapy clinical trials on the effectiveness and efficiency of radiotherapy and identify needed improvements
Share information to enable the Particle therapy center team to stay up to date on:
New clinical outcomes data to further their competencies about patient outcomes, toxicities, and new indications
Recent innovations in treatment delivery as well as medical and accelerator physics
New findings of the biologic underpinnings of particle therapy
Goals 2: Participants will learn to apply these techniques leading towards best practice in Particle therapy including:
How to select candidates for particle therapy treatment
How to identify appropriate patients for clinical trials and improve patient enrollment access
How to reduce toxicity and optimize tumor control probability
When and how to apply advanced treatment planning approaches including biological considerations
Better understand the individual limitations of different modalities and how to recognize when multi-modality treatments can optimize patient outcome
How to participate in new and ongoing research and quality improvement initiatives in particle therapy
PTCOG 60 Educational Session Goals
The field of Particle Therapy is quickly growing. Many new particle therapy facilities are being built and are opening and many more are in the planning stages. It is advantageous for new participants in the field to learn the fundamentals early and to become part of the community well before patient treatments in the new facilities begin. The Educational sessions at PTCOG help to achieve these goals.
Goal 1: Provide a pedagogic introduction to the science of particle therapy
Teach the basic physical principles of particle therapy
Teach the basic biological principles of particle therapy
Teach the underlying technology of particle therapy
Teach the basic elements of treatment planning
Teach the basics of patient alignment
Goal 2: Provide a pedagogic introduction to clinical particle therapy
Teach treatment techniques for disease sites frequently treated with particle therapy
Teach the selection criteria for particle therapy for disease sites
Introduce particle therapy clinical trials