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Hyperthermia Therapy Practice School

Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 7:15 am - 4:30 pm with reception to follow
and Friday, October 7, 2022 from 7:15 am - 3:15 pm



About the Course

Hyperthermia Speakers 2022Over the past fifteen years there has been significant advancement in the field of hyperthermia therapy, an adjuvant cancer therapy that sensitizes tumor cells to both radiation and chemotherapy. With increased knowledge and training, clinicians will be able to provide a less invasive form of radiation to their patients.

The Hyperthermia Therapy Practice School is an in-person CME accredited course that will provide the attendees with the theoretical aspects of hyperthermia therapy in a lecture format with a question and answer session. Several cases will be reviewed to explain the different approaches to treat different disease sites. Small groups will facilitate in-depth training of practical guidelines for hyperthermia therapy treatment delivery, and will practice the treatment delivery in terms of software and hardware in experimental phantoms.

Attending practitioners will be made aware of combining hyperthermia therapy with the different forms of radiation treatment and will benefit from a formal training course that will provide one day of lectures and clinical case reviews, and a second day of practical training and use of hyperthermia therapy equipment. 

Breakfast and lunch are included each day of the event. All attendees and speakers are invited to a complimentary dinner reception and tour of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) on Thursday, October 6 immediately following the day's session at 4:30 pm. Please RSVP during the registration process.

CME Sponsorship: Sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Accreditation: The University of Maryland School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: The University of Maryland School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

Hyperthermia Therapy Practice School Agenda

About Hyperthermia Therapy and Proton Therapy

Advances in the applications, technologies and methodologies of radiation oncology continue to evolve rapidly and the delivery of radiation therapy has become more complex, making it imperative that radiation oncology professionals remain current in the state-of-the-art techniques. Hyperthermia therapy at 40-44°C (also known as thermotherapy) is a specialized adjuvant cancer therapy that is only available in a few radiation oncology clinics throughout the U.S. Similarly, proton therapy is a less invasive form of radiation that is currently only available in certain regions of the country. Hyperthermia therapy is a non-invasive procedure that has been used with traditional photon radiation and chemotherapy. The University of Maryland Division of Translational Radiation Sciences (DTRS) is now documenting the effectiveness of thermotherapy when applied with proton therapy, an effort that has no parallel in the U.S.

Dr Molitoris DTT

MPTC DTT Room


Commercial Support

We would like to thank the following sponsor for their generous support of this important educational activity.

Pyrexar


In-Person Format Disclaimer

The safety and health of our patients, colleagues, and visitors remains the number one priority of the University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology. We are planning to hold this course in-person, but will remain flexible and keep attendees aware of any changes to the course format based on local and institutional requirements and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is likely that medical-grade masks will be provided on-site and will be required to be worn for the duration of the event, except when eating or drinking. In the weeks leading up to the event, attendees may be required to answer questions about recent symptoms, contact with COVID-19 positive individuals, or travel. Attendees may be required by the University of Maryland to complete visitor paperwork in advance of the event, and will be required to comply with all current University of Maryland and Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) policies. Any changes to travel arrangements or costs incurred due to local and institutional regulations are the sole responsibility of the participant.

To best ensure the safety and comfort of guest attendees, speakers, faculty, and staff, and in compliance with University of Maryland and Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) policies, all participants of this program are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All event participants will be required to present an original or electronic photo of proof of vaccination in advance and during on-site registration on October 6, 2022. Please note that we will only accept the vaccines approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of August 2022, these include: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen. Attendees who are unable to present proof of full vaccination during on-site check-in may not be allowed to attend the program, and will not receive a refund.

All attendees from within and outside of the United States will be required to comply with the latest CDC guidance which can be found on the CDC website, State of Maryland guidance found on the State of Maryland website, and Baltimore City requirements.


Registration is open!

Advanced registration is required, and the cost is $2,000.00. Registration is limited to 24 seats.

Refund Policy

Once a registration is submitted, you will have 24 hours to submit a request for refund. In the event of cancellation after that time, a refund will not be provided.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall all the components required to establish a hyperthermia therapy program.
  2. Distinguish the different biology of tumors and healthy tissues during elevated temperatures.
  3. Decide proper patient eligibility for hyperthermia treatments and the most adequate modality: interstitial, superficial or deep hyperthermia therapy.
  4. Define the radio- and chemosensitization effects induced by hyperthermia.
  5. Describe the physics of radio waves and microwaves as well as the need for water bolus.
  6. Explain how to position the different hyperthermia applicators and define the need for multiple treatment sites.
  7. Perform treatment delivery of interstitial, superficial and deep hyperthermia therapy.
  8. Analyze and report hyperthermia therapy treatment data.
  9. Implement the clinical workflow, documentation and reimbursement of hyperthermia treatments.
  10. Understand the reimbursement strategy for hyperthermia treatments.

Target Audience

This course is the first of its kind in the U.S. to provide practice guidelines and practical training to national and international hyperthermia therapy practitioners, including:

  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Medical Physicists
  • Radiation Therapists
  • Dosimetrists
  • Medical Oncologists
  • Oncology Residents
  • Students
  • Surgical Oncologists
  • Oncology Fellows
  • Nurses

Course Directors

Jason Kyle Molitoris, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Director of Clinical Hyperthermia

Dr. Molitoris's ongoing research at the University of Maryland is focused on the implementation of advanced treatment technologies to his clinical areas of interest and on evaluating novel approaches to improve treatment efficacy while decreasing side effects. He is interested in combining multiple advanced treatment technologies, including hyperthermia therapy combined with brachytherapy to treat recurrent prostate cancer.

Dario Rodrigues, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Lead Hyperthermia Physicist

Dr. Rodrigues is one of the few hyperthermia therapy physicists in the U.S. He specializes in focused heat generated by radio waves (hyperthermia) which is a potent enhancer of chemo- and radiotherapy. Dr. Rodrigues is also the Councilor of Engineering/Physics of the Society for Thermal Medicine.


Speakers & Lecture Titles

1. How to establish a hyperthermia therapy program
2. Practice guidelines for deep hyperthermia therapy
Jason Kyle Molitoris, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Physics planning/execution of RF deep hyperthermia therapy
Dario Rodrigues, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Practice guidelines for interstitial hyperthermia therapy
John K. Hayes Jr., MD
Radiation Oncologist
Gamma West Cancer Services, Salt Lake City, UT

Practice guidelines for superficial hyperthermia therapy
Jennifer Yu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Molecular Medicine
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Physics planning/execution of MW interstitial hyperthermia therapy
Mariana Guerrero, PhD
Professor of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Physics planning/execution of MW superficial hyperthermia therapy
Paul Stauffer, MSEE, CEE
Professor of Radiation Oncology
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


Location & Travel

Locations

Lectures and simulations will be held at two locations (walking distance):

Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC)
850 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)
Department of Radiation Oncology
22 S. Greene Street, Gudelsky Ground Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Parking

There will be free garage parking with a validated ticket for attendees at Garage One, located at the corner of W. Baltimore and Poppleton next to MPTC.

University of Maryland BioPark Garage One
1 N. Poppleton Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

There are several additional parking garages available on the University of Maryland Medical Center campus.

Traveling to Baltimore

Please use BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, which is approximately 20 minutes from downtown Baltimore.

Hotel

We have secured a block of discounted hotel rooms at the rate of $159.00 ++ taxes and fees at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, located at 20 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201. A complimentary shuttle will be provided in the morning and evening to drop off and pick up at both MPTC and UMMC. Please use this booking link to secure your room, and contact the Lord Baltimore Hotel at 410-539-8400 for questions about the hotel or parking information. 

Other University of Maryland partner hotels are available.


Course Coordinator

For questions about the course, please contact the course coordinator Jessica White at jessica.white@umm.edu or 410-328-7618.


ADA Statement

If you require special accommodations to attend or participate in this CME activity, please provide information about your requirements to Sr. Program Coordinator, Jessica White at jessica.white@umm.edu at least five business days in advance of the activity.