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Two-Day Symposium in Baltimore to Tackle the Promises and Perils of Proton Radiotherapy

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For more Information, please contact:
Devin Powell, (American Institute of Physics)
301-209-3099 (office)
dpowell@aip.org

Jason Socrates Bardi (American Institute of Physics)
301-209-3091 office
858-775-4080 cell
jbardi@aip.org

College Park, Maryland -- April 3, 2009 -- Proton therapy has been hailed as a revolutionary cancer treatment, with higher cure rates and fewer side effects than traditional X-ray photon radiotherapy. Proton therapy is the modality of choice for treating certain small tumors of the eye, head, head or neck. It is also safer -- especially for young children -- because it exposes less of the tissue surrounding a tumor to the dosage, proton therapy lowers the risk of secondary cancers later in life.

What does the scientific evidence show about proton therapy? With the rapid proliferation of proton facilities in the United States, what will current and future practitioners of proton radiotherapy need to know?

Now a panel of researchers, clinicians, and public health experts will debate the promise and perils of proton radiotherapy -- a 70-year-old idea that bridges medicine and particle physics. Spearheaded by the AAPM Science Council and sponsored by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), "A Symposium on the Promise and Perils of Proton Radiotherapy" takes place from May 8 to 9 at the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore in Maryland. For full details, visit http://www.aapm.org/meetings/09PRS/.

Journalists are invited to attend the symposium free of charge. Advance registration is required and may be obtained by emailing jbardi@aip.org.

At the symposium, international experts will discuss issues such as current clinical practice, machinery, future developments in delivery and planning, and operational startup and ongoing costs. Controversies related to planning and treatment uncertainties, the question of clinical trials, and biological questions such as RBE and secondary neutrons will also be presented.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SYMPOSIUM

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM

"A Symposium on the Promise and Perils of Proton Radiotherapy" is organized the by Science Council of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) to inform current and future practitioners of proton radiotherapy. The symposium will be begin with breakfast at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, May 8, and continue until 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 9. All sessions will take place in the Calvert Ballroom of the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore in Maryland. For a full list of speakers and the scientific program, visit
http://www.aapm.org/meetings/09PRS/MeetingProgramInfo.asp.

ABOUT AAPM

The AAPM is a scientific, educational, and professional nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the application physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. The Association encourages innovative research and development, helps disseminate scientific and technical information, fosters the education and professional development of medical physicists, and promotes the highest quality medical services for patients. In 2008, AAPM celebrated its 50th year of serving patients, physicians, and physicists. Please visit the Association Web site at http://www.aapm.org/.

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