BIR Oncology & Radiotherapy


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The overall aim of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Special Interest Group is to promote and facilitate teaching and research in clinical oncology and related professions. The strength of the multidisciplinary ethos is seen in the scientific meetings organised which contribute to the educational needs of a diverse workforce, from trainees to qualified experienced personnel. Within the BIR the group advises the Council on matters relating to radiotherapy and oncology and responds and advises on documents from other bodies. 

Everyone is welcome to join the BIR Oncology and Radiotherapy SIG including clinicians, physicists, radiographers, dosimetrists and oncology nurses. Simply join online here.

The SIG is urgently looking to recruit an oncologist and a radiographer to be on the Management Group. If you would like to be involved in developing and organising educational events and courses and help steer government policy - please contact Lucy Stewart ( with an abbreviated CV and a short paragraph about the skills you could offer.

Management group members   -  brief bios 


Latest SIG News


Dr Keith Langmack represented the BIR at the  Health Economics in Radiation Oncology in Brussels in December 2017. 

Read his report on the event here




Do you have an interest in geometric uncertainties in IGRT?

We are looking for volunteers to join a new BIR working party to produce an Addendum to the 2003 BIR report:Geometric Uncertainties in Radiotherapy: Defining the Planning Target Volume.

The working party will operate from Autumn 2017 to the end of 2018 and will primarily operate through telephone conference, with one or two face-to-face meetings. Volunteers can contact the BIR working party organiser Sam Tudor at  Closing Date:  08 September  2017.


Highlights from the May 2018 meeting of the Management Group

The group had a productive and lively meeting in May. They heard about the 2018 Annual Congress, which had been expanded to cover three different streams each day. You can see the full progamme and book your place here.  The BIR was already looking at the programme for 2019 and ideas for topics and speakers would be welcomed.

Events planned or under consideration:

  • Success of satellites and remote working in radiotherapy – 27 and 28 September in London.
  • MRI only planning – Spring 2019?
  • Breast meeting – mid 2019?
  • IGRT errors – learning solution – possibly run an imaging day.
  • Blended learning focused on anatomy courses for clinical oncologists – the SIG were looking at the possibilities.

 Other news:

  • HERO (Health Economics in Radiation Oncology) – Keith Langmack will update when a decision is made on whether the UK would form a working group to adapt the ESTRO model for the UK.
  • The BIR had launched a new journal BJR|Open. As an introductory offer, there would be no article processing charges for the first few months.
  • A working party, led by Sam Tudor, had been put together to write an addendum to the 2003 BIR report on geometric uncertainties in radiotherapy.
  • Several special editions were in process including: a radiobiology feature n memory of Oliver Scott and Jack Fowler and a special feature on proton therapy (in 2019). 
  • Podcasts of interest to the SIG might be: mammographic positioning and AI and the future of radiology.






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