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So far Randy Wei has created 11 blog entries.

ASTRO membership survey on palliative and supportive care

By | September 9th, 2016|Education|

Just published in PRO!  Members of SPRO and ASTRO have completed a national membership survey of radiation oncologists on Palliative and Supportive Care in the United States. Attitudes of Radiation Oncologists Toward Palliative and Supportive Care in the United States: Report on National Membership Survey by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Randy L. Wei, MD, PhD, Malcolm D. Mattes, MD, James Yu, MD, Adrienne Thrasher, Hui-kuo Shu, MD, Harald Paganetti, PhD,Jennifer De Los Santos, MD, Bridget Koontz, MD, Christopher Abraham, MD, Tracy Balboni, M Background/Purpose Radiation oncologists are frequently involved in providing palliative and supportive care (PSC) for patients with advanced cancers through delivery of palliative radiation. Whether they are confident in their ability to assess and initiate treatments for pain, non-pain, and [...]

Single versus multiple session stereotactic body radiotherapy for spinal metastasis: the risk-benefit ratio.

By | February 8th, 2016|publication|

Single versus multiple session stereotactic body radiotherapy for spinal metastasis: the risk-benefit ratio. Redmond KJ, Sahgal A, Foote M, Knisely J, Gerszten PC, Chao ST, Suh JH, Sloan AE, Chang EL, Machtay M, Lo SS. Future Oncol. 2015;11(17):2405-15. doi: 10.2217/fon.15.160. Epub 2015 Sep 15. PMID: 26369361

Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) National Palliative Radiotherapy Taskforce Update

By | February 8th, 2016|Advocacy|

The Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) National Palliative Radiotherapy Taskforce formed in 2012 with the aim of researching and advancing palliative care within the VHA. The taskforce has since expanded and made meaningful progress. Through a series of survey studies, the group has measured practice patterns across the 39 (soon to be 40) VHA facilities that provide radiation therapy to Veterans with cancer at the end of life. Efforts have focused on evaluating prescriptions that are preferred for the palliation of bone metastases, spinal cord compression, and brain metastases. Studies have also evaluated the availability of palliative care services and advanced radiation technologies within the VHA for management of both palliative and definitive cases. A number of abstracts and papers have resulted from [...]

SPRO Annual Meeting 2015 at ASTRO in San Antonio

By | January 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|

On October 18, the Society for Palliative Radiation Oncology (SPRO) held its annual meeting in San Antonio, TX, in conjunction with the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting. Dr. Stephen Lutz welcomed everyone to the meeting and reviewed the initiatives that have been undertaken since SPRO was formally introduced one year before. He then introduced speakers in three categories: Research, Education, and Advocacy. For clinical research, Dr. Chad Tang from MD Anderson presented the Prognostic Index for Spine Metastases (PRISM), a measure that aims to categorize patients with excellent or poor prognosis following stereotactic spine radiosurgery and to help identify the rationale for single or multiple fraction regimens. The PRISM score categorizes gender, Karnofsky Performance Score, prior surgery, previous radiotherapy [...]

Recently Published Articles

By | July 5th, 2015|Member Articles|

We will be publishing recently published articles of interest to our membership.

Palliative Radiation Therapy: Utilization of Advanced Technologies

By | July 5th, 2015|publication|

    Palliative Radiation Therapy: Utilization of Advanced Technologies.  Both volumes should be published in Q3 2015 and the links to volume 1 and volume 2 are here:

The Care Planning Act of 2015

By | July 5th, 2015|Advocacy|

We are looking for input some verbiage regarding the specific usefulness of palliative radiotherapy to put into the Care Planning Act of 2015.  Please feel free to review the PDF downloads. Care Planning Act One-Pager Care Planning Text Care Planning Act Section by Section

Upcoming Cancer Meetings

By | May 10th, 2015|News|

Please see a list of upcoming cancer meetings where palliative radiotherapy will be discussed in the Research section of this website.

SPRO Website Guest Editors and Builders

By | May 10th, 2015|News|

Thank you in advance for your help as you are invited to examine the site and either offer suggestions or perform site updates. Randy Wei and Richard Jennelle have been instrumental in the initial set up of this website, and I encourage you to engage them in brainstorming sessions about the best means by which to improve this site’s content, formatting, and information flow moving forward. Much appreciated, Steve


By | April 24th, 2015|Meeting Agendas|

INTERNATIONAL CONSENSUS CONFERENCE ON PALLIATIVE RADIATION THERAPY 3rd ESTRO Forum 2015 Centre de Convencions International de Barcelona (CCIB), Barcelona, Spain 1445h-1745h Friday 24th April 2015, Room 130 MINUTES Chair Peter Hoskin Attendees (alphabetical) Andrea Bezjak Antonio J Conde Kristopher Dennis Alysa Fairchild Matthias Guckenberger Carol Hahn Tanya Holt Peter Hoskin Morten Høyer Mary Job Isabel Linares Simon Lo Stephen Lutz Dirk Rades Daniel Roos May Tsao Joel Yasney Welcome • Peter Hoskin welcomed attendees to the conference Introductions • Attendees introduced themselves and shared contact information Summary of previous conferences and plans for future conference • Peter Hoskin reminded attendees of the history behind the [...]

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