News and Publications

2020 Refresher reg and housing open, vote on bylaws, Congress weighs in to support RO Model changes

October 9, 2019

Registration and housing now open for 2020 ASTRO Annual Refresher Course
The 2020 ASTRO Annual Refresher Course takes place March 20-22, at The Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans. This meeting includes interactive sessions that will provide practicing clinicians and trainees with a comprehensive review of the core competencies and emerging trends across most sub-disciplines of radiation oncology. The program includes sessions on FLASH Radiation Oncology, Palliative Care and Oligometastatic Disease, and there will be designated Q&A time built into the schedule. Register and book your housing now for this practical meeting.

ASTRO ballot now open for voting on Bylaws amendment
ASTRO’s ballot is now open for voting on two Bylaws changes regarding membership categories and the election of officers. The changes were presented to members at ASTRO’s annual Business Meeting, September 17, 2019, in Chicago. Voting will be open from 12:00 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, until 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, November 8, 2019. To view the revised bylaws and access the ballot, visit and log in with your email address and password. The ballot and instructions will appear once you log in. If you need assistance with your login information, please send an email to Membership. Voting is conducted through a secure, online system that ensures the authenticity and secrecy of your ballot.

Congress weighs in with support of changes to the proposed RO Model
On Monday, October 7, U.S. Representative Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) weighed in with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in support of key changes to the proposed RO Model. Rep. Higgins serves on the prestigious House Committee on Ways and Means and oversees critical health care initiatives that are brought before Congress and the committee. For more information on the congressional letter and RO Model, read the latest What’s Happening in Washington.


#ASTRO19 abstracts available in the Red Journal; submit your research to an ASTRO journal!
Thinking back to the groundbreaking research presented in Chicago? The proceedings of ASTRO’s 2019 Annual Meeting will remain free to read in the September 1 supplement of the Red Journal. Late-breaking abstracts have also been published in the November 1 issue. ASTRO’s three journals — the Red Journal, Practical Radiation Oncology and Advances in Radiation Oncologywelcome submissions from research presented at the Annual Meeting. The journals offer quick turnaround and publication times, high impact and opportunities for social media and press promotion. Email the Journals team with any questions.

Last chance to comment on ASTRO’s draft small cell lung cancer guideline
Today is the last day to provide input on the draft Radiation Therapy for Small Cell Lung Cancer: An ASTRO Clinical Practice Guideline. The guideline provides recommendations on both limited- and extensive-stage disease, including indications, dose-fractionation and timing and looks at the roles of SBRT and prophylactic cranial irradiation. This guideline is a multidisciplinary collaboration of radiation, medical and thoracic oncology and includes representation from the American Society for Clinical Oncology and the American College of Chest Physicians. ASTRO invites your comments, which can be submitted via webform through today, Wednesday, October 9.

October ASTRO Academy course discount
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and ASTRO members can receive a 10% discount on these two ASTRO Academy courses: Breast Cancer Biology: Clinical Implications for Breast Radiotherapy and Late Toxicity of Radiation For Breast Cancer: Overblown or Underappreciated. Use coupon code 2019OctoberSavings. This offer will expire on October 31!

Patient brochures on breast and prostate cancers updated with new side effects visuals
ASTRO’s product catalog has two newly updated brochures on breast cancer and prostate cancer. The breast cancer brochure provides patients with up-to-date information on treatments, including accelerated partial breast irradiation and post mastectomy chest wall radiation. The prostate cancer brochure provides patients with up-to-date information on treatments, including IMRT, IGRT, SBRT and brachytherapy. With reformatted and updated side effects charts, these brochures will assist your patients in understanding their course of radiation therapy. These and other brochures on pertinent topics are available for member purchase at

Froedtert Pleasant Prairie Hospital receives APEx accreditation
Congratulations to Froedtert Pleasant Prairie Hospital, in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, for recently completing the ASTRO Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®). To be fully accredited, a facility must meet a majority of the APEx standards in a satisfactory manner, and the accreditation status is valid for four years. View a list of accredited facilities, and contact ASTRO staff for additional information on the APEx program.