Breast Radiotherapy in 2019: Challenges and Solutions

10 April 2019

Society of Chemical Industry, London

Organised by IPEM's Radiotherapy Special Interest Group

In the majority of radiotherapy centres, the most common anatomical site treated is breast. There are a wide range of breast radiotherapy techniques in the UK, with significant variation in patient set-up, volume definition, and treatment. Since simple, effective and well-established breast techniques are used as standard, there has perhaps been less development in this area compared with that for other anatomical sites.

This meeting aims to give opportunities for radiotherapy departments to describe their breast radiotherapy techniques from scanning through to treatment, in particular how changes to practice have been managed and developed,how efficiencies have been achieved; or, indeed, what potential developments have been rejected because they do not improve on current practice.

The meeting aims to discuss issues including but not limited to:
- Clinical criteria for breast cancer radiotherapy
- Patient immobilisation and scanning; PTV definition (e.g. traditional field-based, or volumed)
- Treatments of: whole breast; supra-clavicular fossa and axilla; boost treatments (electron and photon); simultaneous integrated boost; internal mammary chain
- Use of: tangential fields; field-in-field; IMRT; VMAT; DIBH / EEBH
- Efficiencies in planning/treatment: e.g. automation/scripting; “single-isocentre” technique
- Imaging during treatment

Educational Aims
- To provide a multi-disciplinary forum for discussing the wide range of breast techniques in current use
- To open opportunities for future collaboration and dialogue between radiotherapy departments

Anticipated Learning Outcomes
- Understanding of a range of breast radiotherapy techniques
- Assurance that current practice is best option, OR consideration of new practice as a result of seeing another department’s techniques

Target Audience

Radiotherapy physicists; clinical dosimetrists; pre-treatment and therapeutic radiographers; breast oncologists

Abstract Submission
Abstract submissions are invited from interested professionals in healthcare, industry and academia. Presentations in all relevant areas and disciplines are welcome. If you would like to submit an abstract for this conference, please follow the instructions on our 
Abstract Submission page
Abstract submission deadline: 19th February 2019

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Registration fees (including refreshments and lunch):
IPEM member £165 
IPEM member trainee £140 
IPEM member technologist £125 
IPEM member student/retired/non-salaried  
Non-member £215 

Please note there is a £20 discount on these prices if booked up to 6 weeks in advance.
Full prices apply from 27th February 2019
Registration deadline: 27th March 2019

Conference Resources 
The provisional programme and abstracts will be available here in late February.
Presentation slides will be available after the event here (IPEM Members only - login required)


This conference will take place at the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) in London, 15 mins walk or less from the following tube stations: Victoria, Hyde Park Corner, Sloane Square, Knightsbridge. 
Full address: SCI, 14/15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS. 
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