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Hyperthermia Therapy Practice School

Day 1: Monday, April 15, 2024 | 7:15 AM-5:00 PM with Reception to Follow
Day 2: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | 7:15 AM-3:15 PM
Locations: Maryland Proton Treatment Center | 850 W Baltimore St | Baltimore, MD 21201 and
University of Maryland Medical Center | 22 S Greene St | Baltimore, MD 21201


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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).

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.

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

Hyperthermia Therapy Practice School Agenda

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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


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. If you have a COVID-19 infection, follow CDC isolation and precaution guidelines. Do not attend the course if you are not feeling well. Attendees will be required to comply with all current federal, state, local, and University  of Maryland policies regarding health and illness. Any changes to travel arrangements or costs incurred due to local and institutional health regulations are the sole responsibility of the participant.


Registration

Advanced registration is required, and registration is limited to 24 seats. General registration is $2,200, or discounted to $2,000 with proof of membership to any of these organizations: STM, ESHO, or ASHO. Members of institutions that had past University of Maryland Hyperthermia School participants will also receive the discounted registration fee of $2,000.

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
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director of Clinical Hyperthermia
Medical Director for UMMC Radiation Oncology

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
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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

Day One

1. How to establish a hyperthermia therapy program
2. Practice guidelines for deep hyperthermia therapy
3. Role of clinical hyperthermia in immune system activation
Jason Kyle Molitoris, MD, PhD
Associate 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

Review of clinical cases
All speakers

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 (Retired)
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Clinical workflow, documentation, and reimbursement of hyperthermia therapy
University of Maryland Radiation Therapist

Day Two

Workshop Modules

The second day of the course will will include a module on superficial and interstitial hyperthermia, and a module on deep hyperthermia.


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 Street and Poppleton Street 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

The closest airport is BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, which is approximately 11 miles and a 20-minute drive, cab or Uber/Lyft ride from downtown Baltimore. Another option for many international flights is Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), which is approximately 62 miles from downtown Baltimore. Uber and Lyft are typically available for $80-$150 per trip, and taxis are available for approximately $110-$150, subject to increases based on traffic and surcharges.

Hotel

We have secured a block of discounted hotel rooms at the rate of $169.00++ through the cutoff date of March 15 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. Valet parking at the hotel is available for an additional fee of $45.00 per night. Please contact the Lord Baltimore Hotel at 410-539-8400 to make a reservation or for questions about the hotel and parking information, or use this booking link


Course Coordinator

For questions about the course, please contact the course coordinator Jessica White (she/her) 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.