About the Workshop

WORKSHOP ON UNDERSTANDING HIGH-DOSE, ULTRA-DOSE-RATE AND SPATIAL FRACTIONATED RADIOTHERAPY

This 1-day workshop is co-sponsored by National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health and the Radiosurgery Society®. Improving outcomes in locally advanced tumors is a challenge for the optimal use of surgery, radiation therapy and systemic treatment. Failure to achieve initial local control and control of a local recurrence result in an extremely poor quality of life. In last decades, several institutions within the USA, Europe and Asia started utilizing spatially fractionated radiation therapy (GRID-multiple beams of radiation in a grid pattern) as a single dose of 20 Gy to patients with bulky advanced tumors just prior to a full course of chemo-radiation (conventional 2 Gy fractions) therapeutic or palliative intent or as salvage therapy. Continue Reading

In that the results have been called “encouraging” particularly with tumors that are felt to be radio-resistant by conventional fractionated radiotherapy, it is appropriate to examine the biology, physics and clinical rationale and detailed data.

This workshop will focus on the proposed mechanisms of action, how appropriate treatments can be studied and utilized and future potential for using “radiation as a drug”. The techniques include SRS, GRID, unconventional spatial-temporal beam configuration such as LATTICE, microbeam, HDR brachytherapy and flash-RT; Critically, the biological underpinning must drive clinical practice and clinical trials are essential.


ULTIMATE GOAL OF THE WORKSHOP

National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health intends to form a Working Group to continue activities beyond the workshop that will define Standards of Care in the fields of GRID/Lattice, Flash and Microbeam Radiotherapy.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This workshop is intended for Radiation Oncologists, Physicists, Dosimetrist, Microbiologists, Scientists, Researchers and others who are interested in advancing the fields of GRID/Lattice, Flash and Microbeam Radiotherapy.