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Thermal Oncology Practice School

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Friday from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm with reception to follow
Saturday from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

At the University of Maryland Medical Center, Department of Radiation Oncology, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201 and
The Maryland Proton Treatment Center, 850 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201

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Registration

There are only 24 spots available per course.

Registration Fee: $2,000.00

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About the Course

Over the past decade there has been a significant advancement in the field of thermal 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 Thermal Oncology Practice School (TOPS) is a CME accredited course that will provide the attendees with the theoretical aspects of thermal therapy in a lecture format with a question and answer session. Several cases will be reviewed to explain the different approaches to treat different treatment sites. Small groups will facilitate in-depth training of practical guidelines for thermal 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 thermal therapy with the different forms of radiation treatment and will benefit from a formal training course that will provide one day of lectures and one day of practical training that will cover reviewing clinical cases and using thermal therapy equipment.

Breakfast and lunch is 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 Friday, October 18 at 7:15 pm. This event will begin immediately after the day's session. Please RSVP during the registration process or to Jessica White at jessica.white@umm.edu.

About Thermal 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. Thermal therapy at 40-44°C (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. Thermotherapy 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.


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 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Learning Objectives

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

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

Target Audience

This semi-annual course will be the first of its kind in the U.S. to provide practice guidelines and practical training to national and international thermal therapy practitioners, including:

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

Course Directors

Zeljko Vujaskovic, MD, PhD
Professor of Radiation Oncology

Director of the Division of Translational Radiation Sciences (DTRS)

2016 Society of Thermal Medicine’s J. Eugene Robinson Award recipient. As Director of the Maryland Proton Alliance, one of his many research initiatives explores synergies between proton beam therapy and hyperthermia. Dr. Vujaskovic lectures around the world on the topic of thermal oncology.

Dario Rodrigues, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Rodrigues is one of the few thermal oncology 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.

Course Co-Directors

James (J.W.) Snider,III, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

Jason Kyle Molitoris, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology


Speakers

Confirmed speakers will include:

How to establish a thermal oncology program
Zeljko Vujaskovic, MD, PhD
Professor of Radiation Oncology
Director, Division of Traslational Research Science (DTRS)
University of Maryland School of Medicine

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

Practice guidelines for interstitial thermal therapy
John Hayes, MD
Associate Professor
Gamma West, Salt Lake City Utah

Physics planning/execution of MW superficial thermal therapy
Paul Stauffer
Assistant Professor
Thomas Jefferson University

Practice guidelines for superficial thermal therapy
James (J.W.) Snider, III, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Practice guidelines for deep thermal therapy
Jason Kyle Molitoris, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Physics planning/execution of MW interstitial thermal therapy
Mariana Guerrero, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine


Course Coordinator

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


Location and Parking

Location

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

Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC)
850 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
http://www.mdproton.com/home

And

University of Maryland Medical Center
Department of Radiation Oncology
22 South Greene Street
Gudelsky Building
Baltimore, MD 21201

Parking

There will be free garage parking 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
www.umbiopark.com/properties/garage-one

There are several additional parking garages available on the University of Maryland Medical Center campus. For parking options and directions, please visit: http://www.umm.edu/patients/gettinghere/parking.


Traveling to UMMC

Airport

Please use BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, https://www.bwiairport.com , which is about 20 minutes from downtown Baltimore.

Hotels

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. To reserve a room at the special rate of $113.00+ applicable taxes and fees (single or double occupancy only), please visit the group reservations page. You can also call the hotel at 410-685-5000, and use group code 1910UMDTOP. The cutoff date for rooms at the group rate is September 17, 2019 or until all guestrooms in the block are consumed.

To search for other University of Maryland partner hotels please visit: http://www.umm.edu/resources/hotels.htm.


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.