Evelyn de Jong received NRS Travel Grant (2)
The NRS travel grant allowed me to go the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, which was held from the 25th of September till the 28th of September in Boston. For this meeting my abstract titled “Prospective validation of a prognostic CT-based radiomic signature in stage IV non-small-cell lung cancer” was selected as an e-poster. The e-poster session consisted of nine small oral presentations, which were afterwards summarized by the discussants of the session. After the presentations the e-posters were displayed for questions from the attendees. This concept was very nice and led to interesting discussions.
The presidential symposium sessions were more general sessions about comparing treatment modalities and dose escalation. The keynote lecture which was given by Kathleen Sebelius, which is the secretary of health and human services, give a nice overview of the American healthcare system. In the panel sessions experts in the field updated the attendees about new guidelines and current status of innovations in imaging methods and treatment options. The poster viewing area, in which hundreds of posters were displayed, showed some interesting work about for example personalized medicine in radiotherapy, quantification of motion and response assessment.
To conclude, during ASTRO I attended a lot of very interesting and educational sessions which gave me some new ideas for my research. It was also quite interesting to be at such a large conference, with attendees from all over the world. It showed differences in the field of radiotherapy which will lead to better healthcare in the future.
Evelyn de Jong