Cancer is a global issue with a rapidly increasing risk, driven by expanding population and in many developed countries ageing populations, making it a primary health concern. Radiotherapy is at the frontline of cancer treatment playing a major role in nearly every type of cancer. Critical to the future success of radiotherapy is a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of action of radiation at the biophysical, biochemical, molecular, cellular and tissue levels.
The increasing world population also places a heavy demand on technology at many levels, many of which depend on radiation for energy production, food sterilization and medical diagnostics. Occupational and environmental exposures can contribute to secondary radiation-induced cancers, highlighting further the need to understand the detailed effects of ionizing radiation exposure on biological systems. The effective and timely detection and treatment of cancer and other diseases that depend on radiation will not only improve patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer survivors, but also help resolve rising health-care expenses.
Given the critical role of radiation in the medical and occupational settings, it is essential to provide a strong educational meeting that highlights recent advances in radiation sciences that have a significant impact on health care and its delivery in the US and worldwide. This conference will examine current advances in interdisciplinary approaches towards detection, prevention and treatment of primary and secondary malignancies, with an emphasis on basic science, preclinical and clinical research.
Clinicians and other health professionals will be educated on how to incorporate this new information into their own practices and make intelligent decisions regarding the treatment of cancer and survivorship issues for the optimization of health. Topical reviews will provide updates in critical areas of interest to physicians and radiation research professionals, while research symposium and workshops will provide many opportunities to learn about state-of the art technologies and the latest advances in basic science and translational research geared toward improved patient outcomes.
Specific areas of emphasis will include:
- FLASH and other novel delivery modalities for the radiation treatment of cancer
- Prediction and mitigation of radiation-induced normal tissue toxicity
- Prediction and sensitization of tumor response to radiation therapy
- Advanced imaging and circulating biomarkers for earlier diagnosis and precision treatment
- Radiation carcinogenesis and 2nd cancers
- Evaluation of novel drug-radiotherapy combinations
- Animal models in radiation research: Limitations/pitfall
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