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Advances in Radiation Oncology: Join the free IAEA flagship conference, 16-19 February

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Over 19 million new cancer cases were reported worldwide in 2020, claiming the lives of almost 10 million people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The picture will likely get grimmer with time: These numbers are projected to increase to over 30 million new cases and over 16 million deaths per year by 2040.

Advances in the field of radiation oncology and the innovations that help countries face the growing burden is bringing together over 2,000 professionals for the third edition of the International Conference on the Advances in Radiation Oncology (ICARO-3). The three-day conference that starts tomorrow is free and will be held entirely online. The conference is accredited with 26 continuing medical education credits, which can be claimed by all registered participants.

The IAEA has been at the forefront of expanding global access to radiotherapy, a treatment that would benefit every second cancer patient. However, the majority of new cancer cases occur in low- and middle-income countries and access to radiotherapy remains a pressing challenge.

“The training of professionals is extremely important for the successful implementation of modern radiotherapy techniques and technologies,” explained May Abdel Wahab, Director of the IAEA’s Division of Human Health. “Conferences, like ICARO-3, support these efforts by facilitating the continuous education of radiation oncologists, radiotherapy technicians, medical physicists and healthcare professionals globally.”

The biggest challenges sometimes lie in overcoming attitudes that a cancer diagnosis means death. It is important for people to realize that they are not passive in the process.
Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, former UICC President

Join the biggest names in global radiation oncology

ICARO-3 will showcase presentations from over 200 professionals working in cancer treatment, including renowned clinical and medical physics specialists, such as Michael Barton and Geoffrey Ibbott. Participants will also have access to over 30 sessions that will be broadcast live and to 10 on-demand refresher courses, which will feature a total of 56 video lectures and panel discussions. Together with the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the European Society for Radiation Oncology (ESTRO), ICARO-3 will offer three e-contouring workshops.

“The ability to offer content in multiple ways will give medical professionals all over the world the possibility to attend ICARO-3, whether they tune in for the whole week’s programme or whether they choose to log in just for select sessions of interest,” said Eduardo Zubizarreta, co-Scientific Secretary of ICARO-3 and Head of the IAEA’s Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy Section.

The conference programme has been compiled with the cooperation of major institutions and organizations, such as ASTRO, ESTRO, the Lancet, the Cleveland Clinic, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physicists (EFOMP), the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP), the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). It comprises over 2,500 minutes of content, featuring speakers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Europe.

How to improve access to cancer care

A highlight of ICARO-3 will be a panel discussion on improving access to cancer care, featuring former UICC President, Princess Dina Mired of Jordan. Globally only 1 in 5 low- and middle-income countries have the necessary data to drive cancer policy, and ICARO-3 will examine these issues with key names from the world of cancer control.

“There are so many commonalities in the types of challenges people face,” says Princess Dina Mired. “The biggest challenges sometimes lie in overcoming attitudes that a cancer diagnosis means death. It is important for people to realize that they are not passive in the process.”

Princess Dina Mired will appear alongside other leading figures in the development of cancer treatment worldwide, such as Dr Sherif Abouelnaga of the Paediatric Oncology Hospital Egypt, Dr Rajendra Achyut Badwe of Tata Memorial Hospital and Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela of the WHO, and many more. This panel discussion will be broadcast at 9:00 (CET) and 16:30 (CET) on Tuesday, 16 February.

Other highlights of the conference include a plenary lecture on paediatric radiotherapy on Wednesday, 17 February, and an on-demand refresher course covering multidisciplinary team working and radiotherapy contouring in paediatric radiation oncology.

Read more about what to expect at ICARO-3 and register here.

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