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Group Fellowship Training on Introduction to Physics and Administrative Aspects of Radiation Oncology for Administrative Staff

25-29 August 2014



The purpose of the group fellowship is to provide administrative personnel with a basic understanding of the physics and administrative aspects of radiation oncology. Lectures will introduce a variety of subjects in external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy, such as basic radiation physics, radiation biology, treatment planning, dose delivery, site planning and radiotherapy equipment needs, quality assurance, and radiation safety. The attendee will receive lectures on related administrative issues such as personnel needs, professional and educational aspects of medical physics, radiation therapist activities, research funding, budgeting and billing. A tour of a Radiation Treatment Centre will be held.

Expected Output(s)

After attending the event, the participant will have a basic knowledge of radiation physics, dosimetry, biology, safety, equipment needs, financial and administrative considerations, personnel needs, and terminology needed to communicate effectively within a department of radiation oncology. The course will also provide the participant with an understanding of the role of medical physics in the clinic as a part of multi-disciplinary care in radiation oncology. A glossary of common radiation oncology terms will be provided to each participant.


  • Introduction to Radiation Oncology
    • Overview of cancer
    • Treatment options
    • Radiation Oncology team
  • Basic Radiation Physics and Dosimetry
    • Radiation units and quantities
    • Radiation interactions
    • Treatment planning and delivery (external beam and brachytherapy)
  • Basic Radiation Biology and Safety
    • 4 R's of radiotherapy
    • Goal of radiotherapy (fractionation)
    • Time/distance/shielding principles
    • Regulatory issues
    • Radiation measurement instrumentation
  • Radiotherapy Equipment
    • Site planning
    • Equipment needs
    • Purchase, acceptance and commissioning of equipment
    • Purchase of radioactive sources
    • Storage, custody, transportation, use and disposal of radioactive sources
  • Quality Assurance
  • Documentation
  • Radiation Oncology Personnel Needs
    • Workload guidelines
    • Hiring policies
    • Qualifications and training of personnel
  • Radiation Therapist Activities
  • Radiation Oncology Finances
    • Strategic planning
    • Financial, capital, and space budgeting
    • Budgeting
    • Research process and funding
  • Medical Physics Professional and Educational Activities
  • Radiotherapy Patient Records
  • Radiation Protection
  • Emergencies, incidents and accidents

Background Information

Cancer is a leading cause of death globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 7.6 million people died of cancer in 2005, and that 70% of the global cancer death toll is carried by low and middle income countries. Global incidence is expected to rise from 11 million new cases in 2005 to 16 million in 2020. Radiotherapy is an important component of treatment for over 50% of cancer patients in high income countries, and the need for radiotherapy is even greater in low and middle income countries, where patients present with cancer in advanced stages. Radiotherapy equipment alone, however, cannot answer the increasing need for treating growing numbers of cancer patients. To achieve maximum impact, the transfer of radiotherapy technology must be a part of a broader cancer control strategy that includes prevention, early detection, earlier diagnosis of the common cancers and access to treatment and palliation.

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