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#ASTRO21 early-bird rates end tomorrow, ASTRO awarded contract to accredit 41 VA facilities

September 8, 2021

ASTRO 2021: Early-bird discount ends tomorrow for in person and Digital XP
Whether you plan to participate in person or virtually on Digital XP, this year’s ASTRO 2021 Annual Meeting is not to be missed! Hear from experts in radiation oncology discussing the trends and topics impacting the field now and in the future. Known for delivering the top science and education, the scientific program includes the Plenary and Clinical Trials along with Science Highlights and Cancer Breakthrough sessions and so much more. Hurry — fees increase this Friday, September 10, so register now and save! And remember, registration is risk-free through September 30.

APEx awarded VA radiation oncology accreditation contract
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded ASTRO the contract to accredit through APEx - Accreditation Program for Excellence® 41 VA radiation oncology practices across the country. Accreditation from APEx promotes quality improvement initiatives and enhances the culture of safety. Unique to APEx, practices must begin with a comprehensive self-assessment before the on-site visit by APEx surveyors. Additionally, the VA requires community-based practices that treat veterans in the absence of a VA facility to be accredited, which APEx also can provide. For more information on APEx, visit ASTRO’s website or contact ASTRO staff.

Calling all thoracic cancer specialists
Now’s the time to make your registration and travel plans to join your peers December 2-4 in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the 2021 Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancers Symposium. Over two-and-a-half days, we’ll feature interactive case discussions, educational sessions on multidisciplinary therapies, new targeted therapies, immunotherapy, treatment and screening guidelines and supportive care, plus oral abstract sessions highlighting the most current, evidence-based practices. Register now before rates increase on September 23! Interested in presenting your research at this meeting? We’re accepting abstract submissions through Wednesday, September 15.

ASTRO seeks public comments for guideline on Radiation Therapy for Brain Metastases
ASTRO requests feedback on the draft Radiation Therapy for Brain Metastases: An ASTRO Clinical Practice Guideline. The guideline scope is limited to the radiotherapeutic management of intact (i.e., unresected) and resected brain metastases. It provides guidance on the reasonable use of modern RT strategies, including single-fraction and fractionated SRS and HA-WBRT, and discusses clinical considerations in selecting the optimal RT strategy or deferring RT in favor of best supportive care or close neuro-oncologic surveillance. Comments can be submitted via webform through Monday, September 27. You can also access the draft guideline and webform at www.astro.org/PublicComment.

RO-ILS Case Study 09: What’s In a Name?
To promote a culture of safety, RO-ILS has identified a “good catch” event to share with the community. The use of an incorrect expansion to generate the CTV or PTV may be particularly difficult to detect, given that such expansions are often based upon clinical judgement and may not be routinely documented. To learn how the event was discovered, read RO-ILS Case Study 09. Learn more about the RO-ILS program and enroll today!

Words Matter: Presenting with a Culture of Respect
In an effort to improve the practice of using respectful language regarding patients and colleagues, Andrea Ng, MD, MPH, chair of the Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee, and Christina Tsien, MD, chair of the Annual Meeting Education Committee, share the Culture of Respect guidelines document in the latest ASTRO Blog post. The guidelines, developed by the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, in collaboration with CHEDI, provide examples of appropriate and inappropriate language for presenters and moderators to consider as they prepare presentations for ASTRO 2021 and other ASTRO meetings. Read more.

Inaugural Advances in Radiation Oncology Journal SA-CME course now available
The first Advances Journal SA-CME activity, A Review and Analysis of Managing Commonly Seen Implanted Devices for Radiotherapy Patients, is now available in the ASTRO Academy. This course provides practitioners with knowledge needed to appropriately administer therapeutic irradiation in patients with specific implanted devices. ASTRO members receive a discount on all Journal Courses in the ASTRO Academy.

Olympic Medical Cancer Center receives APEx accreditation
Congratulations to Olympic Medical Cancer Center, in Sequim, Washington, for recently completing ASTRO's APEx - Accreditation Program for Excellence®. To be fully accredited, a facility must meet a majority of the APEx standards in a satisfactory manner. View a list of accredited facilities and contact ASTRO staff to learn about the new options for accreditation and why APEx is The Right Choice to accredit your radiation oncology practice.

Call for abstracts: 2022 ASCO GU Cancers Symposium
From world-class science to patient-centered care, the 2022 ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, co-sponsored by ASTRO, offers oral presentation opportunities in all areas of GU cancers. Submit your abstract by October 12 to share with members of the international genitourinary cancer care and research community February 17-19, 2022, in San Francisco. Submit an abstract today.