International Conference on Modern Radiotherapy: Challenges and Advances in Radiation Protection of Patients

2-4 December 2009
Paris, France

Second Announcement (PDF)
Conference Web Site
Final Programme (PDF)



The International Conference Modern Radiotherapy : Advances and Challenges in Radiation Protection of Patients is organized by ASN, the French Nuclear Safety Authority, in cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency, the European Commission and World Health Organization.

Background

The use of ionizing radiation in medicine has led to major improvements in the diagnosic and treatment of human diseases. While bringing new benefits for cancer treatment, modern radiotherapy also presents new challenges in the field of radiation protection of patients.

After severe accidents occurred recently in France, the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) has taken several initiatives in strengthening the control of radiotherapy centers (inspection) and the regulation (quality assurance). At international level, several initiatives on the topic of radiation safety in medical practices have already been taken or are in preparation.

Objectives

The major objective of the conference is to provide a forum for participants to exchange experience, and to review the actions implemented to improve the radiation safety in radiotherapy at both national and international level.

Main Topics

- New techniques, risks and benefits of external radiotherapy and brachytherapy

- Challenges in radiotherapy: individual radiosensitivity, complications and treatments.

- Lessons learned from accidents.

- Equipment s safety, satff management and training.

- Controls / Quality Assurance / Audits.

- Patient Information.

Audience

The conference will be of interest to private individuals and organizations involved in the field of safety in radiotherapy, in particular: health and safety authorities, health professionals, patient associations and medical equipment manufacturers.

Conference Language

The main language will be English with a simultaneous translation in French.