Particle Therapy Institute Educational Series
As a pioneer in radiation oncology and cancer care, MD Anderson has paved the way for more effective radiation therapy around the world. MD Anderson's Proton Therapy Center has treated more than 10,000 patients, published more than 570 manuscripts on proton therapy, and leads North America in treating patients with intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT).
Please join us for an interactive virtual experience with world-renowned experts specializing in treating thoracic and liver cancers with proton therapy. This course should be of interest to radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists, therapists, scientists, trainees, administrators and any health system interested in proton therapy.
For questions or more information, please contact Rola Georges at RHGeorges@mdanderson.org.
- Physicians – $100
- Physicists – $75
- Dosimetrists, Radiation Therapists – $50
- Residents and fellows – free
(Pending a verification letter from their Chairperson sent to RHGeorges@mdanderson.org.)
Webinar lead facilitator
Joe Chang, M.D., Ph.D., holds a tenured Texas 4000 Distinguished Professorship at MD Anderson. He is an appointed American Society of Radiation Oncology Fellow and has been recognized with the Best Doctors of America award.
Chang is one of the pioneers in the field of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) and proton therapy for lung cancer, having published more than 260 peer-reviewed articles in many prestigious journals. His research has helped establish the role of SABR, proton therapy, and combined immunotherapy and SABR in treating lung cancer.
Proton beam therapy for lung cancer
Zhongxing Liao, M.D.
Endowed professor in Lung Cancer, Radiation Oncology and Director of Clinical Research
- Discuss the pros and cons of using proton therapy for lung cancer.
- Current clinical data in using proton therapy for lung cancer.
- Case selection for proton therapy for lung cancer.
Proton therapy for esophageal cancer
Steven Lin, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate professor, Radiation Oncology and Experimental Radiation Oncology
- Understand the dosimetric differences between proton and IMRT.
- Critically appraise the clinical experience of proton therapy in esophageal cancer.
- Review the current trial results comparing proton vs. IMRT and goals of the current phase III clinical trial.
Proton beam for liver cancers
Eugene Koay, M.D, Ph.D.
Associate professor, Gastrointestinal Radiation Oncology
- Understand the pros and cons of proton therapy for liver cancers.
- Understand the importance of motion management and image guidance.
- Learn practical considerations for the treatment of liver cancers with proton therapy.
Physics and dosimetry sessions
Physics perspective for treating thoracic tumors using scanning beam
Xiaodong Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate professor, Radiation Physics Patient Care
- Understand the patient selection for IMPT treatment by the dosimetric benefit of IMPT over IMRT.
- Gain hands-on knowledge of the motion management strategy for treating thoracic cancer.
- Understand the source of uncertainties of IMPT techniques and the strategies to manage those uncertainties.
Thoracic and esophagus treatment planning
Kevin Tran, CMD
Medical dosimetrist, Radiation Oncology
- Learn IMPT treatment planning procedures for thoracic tumors.
- Discuss the challenges of motion management in planning treatment of thoracic and esophageal cancers.
Earn CME Credits
Participants can earn AMA, CAMPEP, MDCB, or ASRT CE credits.
MD Anderson designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
Frequently asked questions
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Are there any technical requirements or best practices I should know for an ideal virtual experience?
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The sessions will be Simu-live. The lectures are recorded, followed by interactive live Q&A sessions. After the sessions, you will have the opportunity to connect with peers in the Networking Lounge and with our speakers at Meet the Experts rooms.
Registrants will receive free access to the session recordings for 30 days after the event with the ability to download the presentations during this time frame.
Visit the Networking Lounge to see who is online. Those attendees with a green dot near their profile picture are online and may be available to chat. Click on the attendee’s name to see more information and to send a message.
You may also engage with the sponsors in the Exhibit Hall. When you enter the Hall from the Main Menu of the conference, you will see the interactive sponsor booths in front of you. You can enter a booth by clicking on the respected logo. Once you enter the booth, you will find interactive and downloadable resources, as well as multiple options for communicating with the company representatives. Most booths will have a live representative to connect with via video call, chat or email throughout the conference as well as later in the month.
The Exhibit Hall is a great platform where you can meet leaders in proton therapy and learn about their technologies. The hall will be open 1 hour before, during, and 2 hours after the webinar. Please stop by and chat with our sponsors.
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