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RadPro 365 Live News-Zone for June 2020

News-Zone Focus

Innovations in Radiotherapy

Our leading monthly industry profile of the latest innovative products and services in radiotherapy. 
A collaborative R&D agreement will advance FLASH radiotherapy for cancer patients
The Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and IntraOp Medical Corporation have announced a research and development collaboration to accelerate the development of FLASH radiotherapy toward first human trials.
Today, two out of ten people can expect to receive radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer in their lifetime. Amidst this population, up to 40% of cancers treated will nevertheless prove resistant to current standard care.
FLASH radiotherapy is a new form of treatment, exceptional in that it is delivered in a few milliseconds, instead of minutes. It provides a remarkable sparing of healthy normal tissues, while maintaining intact its level of therapeutic effect on tumours.
Read more
New MEVION Proton Couch-top
Orfit Aerial couch-top for proton therapy validated by Mevion Medical Systems
The new couch top will available as of September 2020 to current and future Mevion proton therapy centers.
Contact details for more information:
Melanie Benton, Sr. Marketing Project Manager

 Social Media Spotlight

We highlight some of the most popular and interesting tweets of the month, click on the tweet to go to their feed.
PTW is on LinkedIn

For all their latest news and updates click here

News-Zone comment and analysis

Monthly Blog

A radiographer’s life. A 40-year career in radiotherapy.

The June blog written for RadPro by Duncan Hynd is entitled:

No sleep ‘till Hammersmith. From Fast Neutrons to Fast Eddie Clark, Hammersmith was the centre of my Universe in 1980!
A look at the formative days of neutron and proton radiotherapy and many other fast things in my sphere including Fast-Forwarding to new radiotherapy techniques due to Covid-19.

You can read the blog here.

Question of the month

The RadPro Q and A with Professor Karol Sikora
In an era of lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more people are taking to social media to make their point and have their voice or that of others, heard.
RadPro wanted to look at the impact of social media in our field of cancer care and radiotherapy and so who better to ask than Professor Karol Sikora, who has been an Oncologist for 50 years and is Chief Medical Officer of Rutherford Health PLC, founding Dean and Professor of Medicine at the University of Buckingham Medical School and an ex-director of the WHO Cancer Programme for his thoughts on this phenomena.
We asked him 5 key questions:
Why did you set up a Twitter account in March?
What are your thoughts about using Twitter now some 3 months on?
Can you let us have one good and one bad thing you have learned about Twitter?
Are you surprised how popular your feed has become and so quickly?
How do you see your use of Twitter developing when the Covid-19 crisis is over?
The answers are both informative and thought-provoking so click here to read them!

Did you know? 

Jennie Reeves Radiographers Agency is the only recruitment agency in the UK solely devoted to the supply of radiography staff and associated professions.
Why not go to their website to find your ideal new job in radiotherapy or radiology!

Editor’s comment
With the Get Brexit Done slogan now firmly in the past, new ones have now arrived that we had likely never heard of before:
Stay Home, protect the NHS, save lives has become stay alert, control the virus, save lives.
We are continually being polarised by questions, beliefs and advice on lockdown or no lockdown, further dividing us as Brexit did with leave and remain. The “Black Lives Matter” movement and “taking a knee” have been born only very recently out of an opportune but tragic smart phone video with “Save Our Statues”, its untimely anti-particle.
With 11m people in the UK in furlough, paid by the government not to work to ensure the economy is not terminally ill, we are advised in a slightly authoritarian way to “self- distance, self-isolate and prepare for a new normal”, more slogans that are #tagged on Twitter while everyone is now an expert on this novel coronavirus and its impact on our health and economy causing further, often angry division.
The NHS was not overwhelmed but everyone working in it has been hugely affected to some degree while a “second-wave” seems to be a certainty or simply an idle threat to keep us in some form of perpetual nanny state depending on whom you listen to.
In radiotherapy we are well positioned to offer perspective and proportion to the outside world on the current crisis and have reacted well by fast-forwarding novel techniques such as SABR so that patients are less impacted by Covid19 in busy NHS hospitals while the private sector offers a secure environment and state of the art delivery equipment, with capacity to offer partnerships with and release any stress on the NHS.
With cancer screening across the UK suspended for over three months and facing a difficult but urgent kick-start we will see a huge wave of cancer patients requiring radiotherapy at some stage in the future when capacity in the NHS to treat these cases will be further stretched while long term staff shortages of therapeutic radiographers will impact on how we deal with this. These shortages have failed to be addressed successfully over many years and so working practises will have to adapt as there will be no short-term fix to student and radiographer retention. Lastly, the partnerships with the private radiotherapy sector will become even more critical going forward and they are well placed to assist in my opinion.
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RadPro TV

What we’re watching. We showcase selected videos of interest to our readers in radiotherapy from our partners.

Elekta Unity: celebrating two years since CE mark. Watch here. 
Mevion: Image-Guided Proton Therapy. Watch here. 

UK and World News

What we’re reading. Our curated news feed
What we’re reading from partner companies in radiotherapy

ESTRO Task Force Publishes Guidelines for Electron IORT in unresected pancreatic cancer
Calvo et al. recognize electron IORT as "a risk-adaptable technique in the era of personalized oncology" that is "proven to promote high local control without a significant increase in treatment toxicity." Read more. 

Coping with Corona. Elekta virtual symposium explores cancer management strategies in different countries. Read more. 

Three North African cancer centers place orders for RayStation
 RayStation has been chosen to provide access to advanced treatment planning features that were previously unavailable in the North African market. Read more. 

Germany’s Heidelberg University Hospital will become the world’s first cancer center to use RayStation for helium ion therapy planning. Read more. 

Clinicians deliver patient-friendly SABR lung in under two minutes. Read more. 

New release of groundbreaking treatment planning system RayStation provides major advances for proton PBS Monte Carlo with GPU.
Read more. 

Aiming for near-zero risk of virus spread in the radiotherapy environment. Read more. 

Danbury Proton Selects Mevion To Equip New Treatment Center.
Read more. 

Mevion Medical Systems announced today that the MEVION S250i Proton Therapy System® with HYPERSCAN® Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS) has received a Medical Device License from Health Canada.
Read more. 

What we’re reading in the press and international media, some selected, thought-provoking stories:

Developing new radiotherapy technologies to treat more cancer patients in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more

Now breast, lung, bowel and prostate cancer can all be treated in a WEEK as patients receive shorter - and more convenient - courses of radiotherapy.
Read more. 

Cancer time bomb fears as NHS figures show 60% drop in urgent referrals made in April compared to last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more. 

Initiation of the Global Coalition for Radiotherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. 

Any other business

Webinars, Education and Meetings and anything else of interest to our radiotherapy readers.

ProKnow Webinar by Elekta: The power of data to enhance patient care. Find out more. 

Maximizing Clinical Availability with IntelliMax Webinar by Elekta. Find out more. 

Mevion Industry Symposium at NAPT2020 (The National Association for Proton Therapy’s Annual Conference). Find out more. 

Mevion Virtual Exhibition at AAPM2020. Find out more

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