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Provider Relief Fund deadline, Cervical cancer guideline, Peer match platform launches

June 3, 2020

Provider Relief Fund application portal closes today, June 3
Physicians interested in applying for provider relief funding have until close of business today, Wednesday, June 3, to submit their applications. This deadline is separate from the recently extended 90-day attestation deadline. For more information, see What's Happening in Washington.

ASTRO issues first clinical guideline on radiation therapy for cervical cancer

new ASTRO clinical guideline reviews the evidence and provides recommendations for radiation therapy to treat patients with invasive carcinomas of the uterine cervix. The guideline outlines indications and best practices for external beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy in postoperative and definitive settings for locally advanced disease, including guidance for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided brachytherapy. Recommendations additionally cover other therapies (e.g., chemotherapy and/or surgery) that modify the efficacy of radiation therapy when used concurrently or in sequence. The guideline was developed in collaboration with the American Brachytherapy Society, American Society for Clinical Oncology and Society of Gynecologic Oncology, and it is published online in Practical Radiation Oncology.

New pediatrics section added to RTAnswers site
A new section on pediatric cancers has been added to ASTRO’s patient focused website, www.rtanswers.org/pediatrics. This new section includes information on specific treatments for peds, what to expect, clinical trials and support resources. Additionally, there is information on how parents can act as advocates for their child, including questions to ask the treatment team. We are continuing to work on expanding the site to include additional sections. If there is something specific you would like to see on the site, please email RTAnswers.

Introducing Peer-to-Peer Match, a new platform for radiation oncologists

ASTRO is excited to announce the launch of Peer-to-Peer Match for radiation oncologists. Peer-to-Peer Match is the latest addition to an expanding line-up of ASTRO services to support members, especially those in rural communities. It is an online tool — including a searchable database — that facilitates the establishment of relationships for the purpose of peer review of patient cases. This platform, hosted on ROhub, may be used to find and establish an ongoing peer-to-peer relationship or a one-off case review with a specialist. Participants will communicate outside the platform using their own communication vehicles to establish the parameters of the relationship and review cases. You can learn more about Peer-to-Peer Match in the new blog post by David Beyer, MD, FASTRO, chair of the Rural Task Force.

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Deadline is July 1 to submit research to Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancers Symposium
The Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancers Symposium: Emerging Innovations and New Advancements is scheduled to take place December 3-5, 2020, at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona. We encourage you to submit your research to be presented at this practical and interactive meeting focused on the latest best practices and revolutionary new treatments on the horizon from all aspects of thoracic cancer care. Please note that we are continuing to follow the guidance of the CDC in monitoring the developments related to COVID-19 as we plan for this meeting. Regardless of whether we meet in person or virtually, we are committed to offering the full program of science and education sessions, along with interactive discussions. This meeting is co-sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, ASTRO, the Society for Immunotherapy in Cancer and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday, July 1, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

APEx, ASTRO’s accreditation program, offers a partial payment option
ASTRO is now offering a partial payment option for practices applying to APEx - Accreditation Program for Excellence®. This payment option reduces the upfront cost — with half of the accreditation fee due at the end of the application phase and the remaining balance due before the facility visit date is finalized — and is available to practices that submit an application from now through the end of this year. Initial accreditation and reaccreditation applicants can take advantage of this payment option by contacting ASTRO staff for details, as well as for other general APEx inquiries.

Reminder: Apply to be the Red Journal’s next editor-in-chief
Applications are being accepted through August 1, 2020, for the Red Journal editor-in-chief position. ASTRO seeks an individual with extraordinary dedication, rigor and passion to lead its prestigious, official scientific journal. Interested applicants should be active researchers, leaders in the field and have 20-25 hours available per week for editorial work. An editorial stipend is offered for this position. Questions about the position and applications, consisting of a current CV, vision statement for the journal of no more than 1,000 words, maximum of three letters of recommendation, up to three writing samples and ASTRO statement of disclosure, may be sent via email to Journals. Learn more about what it takes to be the next Red Journal EIC from current EIC, Anthony Zietman, MD, FASTRO.

Submit your ROI Publication Award nomination
If you or a colleague recently authored a practice-changing manuscript on communication, safety and quality, toxicity management, comparative effectiveness or value in radiation oncology, be sure to submit a nomination for the 2020 ROI Publication Award. The lead author of the honored manuscript must be an early career researcher and will receive a $5,000 grant to build upon the research in the published work. Nominations are due Thursday, July 2, and self-nominations are accepted. Learn more about the 2020 award criteria and nominate an outstanding manuscript for this honor today.