ASTRO is accepting educational session proposal submissions for next year's meeting through Monday 1/9/2023. For those who plan to submit, keep in mind that ASTRO's theme for 2023 is "Pay It Forward - Partnering with Our Patients." The link to the submission site will be in an email sent to those on the SPRO mailing list.
The ASTRO annual meeting is just a few short weeks away. In addition to the SPRO 9th Annual Meeting on Sunday evening, we would like to highlight the palliative care sessions that will occur during the main meeting. Congratulations to our many SPRO members who will be involved in these sessions!
Palliative radiotherapy (PRT) is a well-established treatment option for the palliation of symptoms related to advanced cancer. Common indications for PRT include pain and fracture prophylaxis from bone metastases, hemostasis, and neurological symptoms from spinal cord compression and/or brain metastases. Due to possible short term side effects and the fact that radiation often requires several weeks for full effect, many have cautioned its use in patients with a mortality estimate of < 30 days. Recently a large meta-analysis was published in the Green Journal which included 42 studies and 88,516 patients with advanced cancer who received PRT (Kutzko et al. Radiother Oncol. 2022). The primary endpoint was to determine the proportion of patients with advanced cancer who received PRT within 30 days of death. In this meta-analysis, it was reported that 16% (95% CI 14% to 18%) of patients with advanced cancer receiving PRT died within 30 days of treatment. [...]
The ASTRO annual meeting is approaching, and we would like to highlight the palliative care sessions that will be featured. These include 2 educational sessions, 2 scientific sessions, and a science highlights. Congratulations to our many SPRO members who will be involved in these sessions!