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.


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Latest SIG News 

Highlights from the February 2019 meeting of the Management Group

The group had the first meeting of 2019 on 1 February. They heard about the new Resource Sharing Platform that the BIR hope to launch in the next few months. This will be a membership benefit and will give access to various resources, including guidance documents, policy documents and templates, with a view to avoiding duplication and improving best practice.

SIG Events planned or under consideration:

  • MR in Radiotherapy 29/03/19 – taking place at Etc venues in Hatton Gardens.
  • Blended learning focused on anatomy courses for clinical oncologists - In progress – this will comprise a series of webinars/videos and other resources
  • The treatment of multiple brain metastases - hope to run this in late 2019/early 2020
  • Success of Satellites –repeat of the successful 2018 event – possibly February 2020
  • The technology and uses of on-treatment imaging in radiotherapy - possibly later in 2020

Other news:

  • HERO (Health Economics in Radiation Oncology) – Keith Langmack is the BIR’s representative on the committee set up by the RCR and Radiotherapy Board. A tool has been developed for calculating the costs of radiotherapy and is being trialled in the UK. Data collection has begun and there is a meeting at the RCR in March to talk about collating this. It is hoped that the new costing model will be launched in early 2020. Read Dr Keith Langmack's report on the event here.
  • BJR|Open.- first articles have been published. Article processing charges (APCs) were introduced in January - £325 for members and £400 for non-members
  • Addendum to the 2003 BIR report on geometric uncertainties in radiotherapy – hope to finalise this in late 2019.
  • A BJR special edition – of particular interest to the SIG are: Theranostics and one commemorating Oliver Scott and Jack Fowler.



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