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EJC News Focus – May 2013

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Highlights of 2nd ESTRO Forum

By the year 2020, it is estimated that for every tumour, data will be available on 10,000 markers related to survival. How are clinicians to make sense – and practical use – of it all?

According to ESTRO President, Vincenzo Valentini, a good way to start might be to involve radiation oncologists who already have expertise in complex imaging and dose-planning models. The decision models of the future will become even more sophisticated, he says, able to codify quality of life so that the needs of individual patients can be met.

This was just one of the themes of the 2nd ESTRO Forum (Geneva; 19-23 April 2013). Others included the combination of radiation therapy and drugs; and the use of a single shot of radiotherapy to control pain. Here Vincenzo Valentini discusses the highlights of the forum with Helen Saul.