Positive steps towards development of Radiation Oncology in Europe

Following the establishment of the (add-on) specialisation in Radiation Oncology via the colleges of ECVDI and ECVIM and approval of the first Training programme at Cambridge earlier this year.

We are pleased to congratulate Philip Schwarz for winning the prestigious Wim Misdorp Award at the ESVONC meeting in Lyon last month for the best clinical research abstract presentation by a Resident or Junior Research Fellow. Philip Schwarz presented his abstract entitled “Keeping up with technological advancement – A novel radiation protocol in a pilot cohort of 44 dogs with symptomatic intracranial neoplasia” describing how increased treatment accuracy resulted in a novel protocol comprising 10 x 4 Gy fractions (in 18 dogs) achieving equivalent outcomes in terms of overall survival and PFI without increased toxicity compared to a cohort of 26 dogs treated with a more traditional 20 x 2.5G protocol. This work was supported by the team at University of Zurich, headed by Carla Roher-Bley and including Valeria Meier, Randi Drees, Jurgen Besserer and Malgorzata Roos.

Four other abstracts (out of a total of 24 abstract / poster presentations) were radiation based with topics including:

“Tolerability of simultaneously integrated boost technique for canine sino-nasal tumors using image guided intensity modulated radiation therapy”, by Alena Levova and the team at Zurich. Alena described how increased accuracy provided by intensity modulated radiation therapy allowed delivery of a simultaneous ‘boost’ dose of radiation to the gross treatment volume (GTV) in canine sinonasal tumors with acceptable side-effects.

“Stereotactic irradiation of canine ACTH-secreting pituitary macro-tumours: endocrine and MRI time-related patterns of response” by Mario Dolera & Italian group. A study showing that a protocol of 3.8 Gy x 10 fractions delivered to pituitary macro-tumors by frameless stereotactic Volumetric Arc Therapy achieved both tumour and endocrine control in dogs suffering from pituitary hyperadrenocorticism.
“Volumetric Modulated Arc Radiotherapy of canine trigeminal nerve tumours”. Luca Malfassi, Mario Dolera, Italy. This poster reported how the same volumetric modulated arc technique was feasible and effective in dogs suffering from trigeminal nerve tumors.

“Radiation versus combined radiation and chemotherapy in the treatment of canine histiocytic sarcoma in the gross disease setting”. Charles Pittaway, Cambridge group. A study demonstrating that radiotherapy offers effective palliation for appendicular HS and that outcomes


 Two firsts for University of Cambridge and QVSH in Radiation Oncology

The Cancer Therapy Unit QVSH, University of Cambridge is the first Veterinary Radiation centre in Europe to have approved by the European Colleges of Diagnostic Imaging (ECVDI) and Internal Medicine (ECVIM), a Training Programme in Veterinary Radiation Oncology.

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