News | October 20, 2011

New Radiosurgery Society to Host Scientific Meeting in February

Oct. 20, 2011 — The Radiosurgery Society (RSS), a nonprofit organization of medical professionals dedicated to advancing the science and clinical practice of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and radiosurgery (SRS), will hold its scientific meeting Feb. 23-25 at the La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif.

Formerly The CyberKnife Society (CKS), the newly named RSS has been expanded to serve as a forum for discourse within the entire radiosurgery community; this includes radiation oncologists, radiation physicists, surgeons, and radiation therapists. Accuray and CKS recently agreed to terminate a nine-year exclusive relationship. This separation comes in response to the directives of the society's membership; it allows the RSS to represent the entire community of medical professionals advancing focused irradiation through the full spectrum of delivery mechanisms, free of any commercial bias or specific association.

In keeping with its mission, the society will conduct an open academic meeting planned by medical professionals for medical professionals.

"I'm pleased that the Radiosurgery Society is hosting this event. Such meetings are important as the rapidly evolving outcome data characterizing stereotactic radiation treatments must be regularly vetted and scrutinized among thought leaders, providers, and patient advocates alike," said Robert D. Timmerman, M.D., professor of radiation oncology and neurosurgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

This year's meeting will include a unique program, "The Showdown at La Costa: Has SRS Arrived?" Leading clinicians will present their clinically proven techniques for delivering radiosurgery in the treatment of brain, lung, liver and prostate cancer, and contrast these with other treatment approaches. There will be ample time for debate and audience interaction.

"Especially in high-risk patients with early stage lung cancer, radiosurgery is an effective alternative to open surgical resection," said Robert Cerfolio, M.D., professor and chief of thoracic surgery at University of Alabama at Birmingham. "The RSS provides a unique forum for diverse specialties to discuss and debate the appropriate utilization of this increasingly important therapeutic intervention."

A focused physics session will run concurrent to the general session, allowing for the maximum number of technical presentations. Topics include: optimal imaging techniques for SRS and SBRT treatment planning; respiratory motion management techniques; radiobiology workshop; and technology overview by leading experts. Jack Fowler, M.D., Ph.D., emeritus professor, University of Wisconsin, will deliver the keynote address.

The Radiosurgery Society has gained the support of other community leaders, including Varian Medical Systems and Elekta.

For more information: www.therss.org

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