Clinical oncology webinars


Upcoming clinical oncology webinars

Proton beam therapy webinar series

The proton beam therapy (PBT) monthly webinar series aims to provide an informative and interactive platform for the oncology community to present and discuss various topics about proton therapy. The topics discussed will include case presentations, discussions of challenges and complexities of treatment, and many others.

Please note that these sessions are free to attend for both members, Fellows and non-members and we will record as many as possible for viewing at a later date if you aren't able to attend the live webinar.  This page will be continuously updated with new sessions so please to visit regularly or email  to be kept up-to-date. 

Upcoming sessions: 

Sarcoma Part 1

Friday 21 May 2021, 12:30-13:30 (BST)
Led by: Professor Catherine Coyle, The Christie Hospital

The NHS funded proton beam radiotherapy facility at the Christie will have been open for over two years by spring 2021. This webinar will on three treated sarcoma cases, from the clinical history, review of radiology, discussion of the GTV/ CTV of each phase of treatment to outcomes, with the opportunity to ask questions. Each case will be looked into in great detail - this is a warts and all real world webinar.

Learning objective

  • Understanding the role of proton beam treatment in sarcomas and the current indications.

Cases to be covered

  • PBT for Ewings sarcoma
  • PBT for spinal and paraspinal tumours -definitive and post operative
  • PBT for sacral and pelvic tumours

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Sarcoma Part 2

Thursday 24 June 2021, 17:30-18:30 (BST)
Led by: Dr James Wylie, The Christie Hospital Proton Beam Centre, Dr Anand Kirwadi, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Harriet Appleyard and Dr Frances Charlwood

Learning objectives

  1. Understanding the role of proton beam treatment in sarcomas and the current indications
  2. Specific focus on spinal tumours

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COVID-19: symptom control and communication challenges
Thursday 22 April 2021, 17:30-18:30 (BST)
Led by: Dr Girija Anand, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Dr Julia Bichard, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and Dr Philip Lodge, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

One of the many challenges we have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic is how best to manage the symptoms of people suffering from it.  This talk presents current guidance on symptom management for patients with COVID-19, as well as a run through of the unique communication challenges that arise due to visiting restrictions, and how to manage them. Staff have been put under a lot of strain and we discuss the importance and promotion of staff wellbeing.

Learning objectives:

  1. Be able to provide good symptom control for patients with COVID-19, including management of breathlessness, delirium and cough.
  2. Understand the communication challenges presented by visiting restrictions during the pandemic, and know some ways/ tips to improve patient and staff experience relating to this.

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Cancer care in a pandemic - what the data tells us

Tuesday 11 May 2021, 18:00-20:00 BST

In collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Association of Cancer Physicians (ACP).

UK cancer services and patients have had to deal with previously unimaginable challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clinical teams have adapted to keep services operational and researchers have collected rich prospective data on the effect of COVID on cancer care. In this series of talks we will explore what has been learnt - the effects of delayed diagnosis, the adaptations made in radiotherapy and systemic therapies and the future of vaccination in cancer patients.

Learning objectives:

  1. To understand the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the provision of cancer services in the UK so that we can adapt and learn for future pandemics
  2. To understand the impact of Covid-19 infection in patients undergoing cancer therapy

Bookings for this webinar are being taken by the RCP. Please follow the link below to be re-directed to their website.

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Acute oncology

Tuesday 18 May 2021, 18:00-19:30 (BST)

A joint webinar by The Royal College of Radiologists and the Association of Cancer Physicians. 

Open to all oncologist trainees and consultants, this session will bring together experts and practitioners from clinical and medical oncology to discuss the current situation in acute oncology services.  Their experiences, the challenges and opportunities for this crucial area of oncology will all be explored.

Topics covered: 

  • Acute Oncology in the UK, where we are and where are we going?
  • Acute Oncology in the new curriculum
  • Acute Oncology Services - Case examples from across the UK

Bookings for this webinar are being taken by the ACP. Please follow the link below to be re-directed to their website.

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CO Summer school 2021

Following the success of the clinical oncology summer school held in 2020, we are pleased to announce the 2021 summer school. These webinars will cover a wide range of topics to help clinical oncology trainees to prepare for their exams. The series will run twice weekly, starting with thyroid cancer.  Other topics include breast, central nervous system, lung and head and neck. This page will be continuously updated with new sessions so please to visit regularly or email to be kept up-to-date. 

Please note that these sessions are free to attend for both members, Fellows and non-members and we will record as many as possible for viewing at a later date if you aren't able to attend the live webinar. 

Thyroid cancer

Tuesday 4 May, 19:00-20:00 (BST)
Led by Dr Katie Newbold, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
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Upper GI/HPB tumours

Wednesday 5 May, 19:00-20:00 (BST)
Led by Dr Katharine Aitken, Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Dr David Watkins, Consultant Medical Oncologist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Learning objectives: 

  1. Understand principles of radical and palliative management of oesophagogastric cancers and indications for radiotherapy
  2. Understand principles of radical and palliative management of pancreatic cancer and indications for radiotherapy

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Prostate cancer

Monday 10 May, 19:00-20:00 (BST)
Led by Dr Ann Henry, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 
This session will review the multi-modal management of localised, locally advanced and metastatic prostate cancer using clinical examples to highlight learning points.

Learning objectives

  1. To understand the diagnostic pathway, grading and staging of prostate cancer 
  2. To describe and compare the management options for localised and locally advanced prostate cancer 
  3. Present treatment options in a patient focused manner

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The role of Radiotherapy in the management of Cancer of the Vulva

Wednesday 12 May 2021, 19:00 - 20:00 (BST)
Led by: Dr Jennifer Forrest, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
I will consider the epidemiology, signs and symptoms of vulva cancer . Data from the recent RCR audit will be presented briefly. We will then consider the multidisciplinary management concentrating on the role of radiotherapy and chemo-radiotherapy

Learning objectives

  1. Indications for Radiotherapy / chemoradiotherapy in the management of Cancer of the Vulva: consideration of the primary and nodes in adjuvant and definitive settings.
  2. Radiotherapy techniques in the management of Cancer of the vulva: what to cover, what dose, radiotherapy techniques.

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Rectum cancer including adjuvant chemotherapy

Wednesday 19 May 2021, 19:00 - 20:00 (BST)
Led by: Dr Rebecca Muirhead, The University of Oxford

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CNS - high-grade gilomas

Thursday 20 May, 19:00-20:00 (BST)
Led by Dr Niladri Ghosal, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre
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Palliative radiotherapy

Monday 24 May 2021, 19:00 - 20:00 (BST)
Dr Kristopher Dennis, The Ottawa Hospital, Canada
By the end of this session the leaner will have an appreciation for:

  1. common indications for palliative radiotherapy for bone metastases, brain metastases and advanced thoracic disease.
  2. available evidence-based guidelines that aid decision making in these settings
  3. common radiotherapy treatment planning approaches in these settings

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Breast cancer - early

Tuesday 25 May, 19:00-20:00 (BST)
Led by Dr Indrani Bhattacharya, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust  
Breast radiotherapy following breast conserving surgery has been a well-established component of treatment for patients with early breast cancer for several decades. For example, START-B compared 40Gy/15 fractions (F) over 3-weeks with 50Gy/25F over 5-weeks and found equivalent local control and less toxicity in the hypofractionation group, leading to the 3-week regimen becoming standard of care. Building on this, FAST FORWARD compared the 3-week regimen with 1-week (26Gy and 27Gy each in 5F) and found with 26Gy/5F, local control was equivalent with no increase in toxicity. The timely reporting of FAST FORWARD amidst the COVID-19 pandemic meant that many patients continued to have radiotherapy with fewer hospital visits. It is well known that breast radiotherapy reduces risk of local relapse but it is not without risk. With changes in breast cancer care and improved patient survivorship, the risk-benefit ratio of breast radiotherapy is changing. The blanket rule of whole breast radiotherapy for all patients following BCS is no longer applicable. Radiotherapy must be adapted and tailored to the risk profile of individual patients. For example, the testing of partial breast irradiation (PBI) in low-risk patients within IMPORT LOW or using biomarkers to identify which patients can safely avoid radiotherapy in PRIMETIME. There is also the potential to modulate dose across the breast and escalate dose to the tumour bed in high-risk patients in IMPORT HIGH. The role of nodal radiotherapy in high-risk patients will also be discussed. This presentation aims to highlight the key trials and guidelines in delivering breast radiotherapy.

Learning objectives

  1. Understand the breast radiotherapy clinical trials journey over recent decades
  2. Understand the principles of risk-adapted breast radiotherapy
  3. Understand the techniques employed to deliver risk-adapted breast radiotherapy

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The programme for June will be launched in May.

Fellows and members can watch recordings from our previous webinar series:

Please note some recordings will be available on our new RCR Learning Hub, which will be coming soon.