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PTCOG-NA Annual Conference Comes to Seattle

PTCOG-NA Annual Conference Comes to Seattle

We’re excited to host the prestigious Particle Therapy Cooperative Group North America (PTCOG-NA) Annual Conference in Seattle this year. PTCOG-NA is an organization dedicated to promoting science, technology and practical clinical application of particle therapy, with the ultimate goal of improving treatment of cancer to the highest possible standards in radiation therapy.

"The 2021 PTCOG-NA Meeting, held in Seattle this September, will bring together thought leaders in particle therapy from across North America as well as internationally," says Dr. Ramesh Rengan, former Medical Director for the SCCA Proton Therapy Center and current Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at UW Medicine. "The event will focus on a broad range of topics that intersect with particle therapy from bench-to-bedside translational physics and biology-based research to healthcare equity and improved access across all communities to particle therapy. It's an honor for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and UW Medicine to host this prestigious event here."

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to view the SCCA Proton Therapy Center’s cyclotron and the neutron facility at UW Medicine. Seattle is one of the only places in the world where you can visit both in one day. In fact, UW Medicine’s neutron facility is the only one in operation in the United States.

“We are excited to showcase our Center and the innovative research that is taking place to advance patient care,” says our Medical Director, Dr. Jing Zeng. “We have multiple presentations during the conference demonstrating our work. Many of our physicians and proton center staff will also be involved in educational activities during the conference to share our knowledge and expertise with the medical community.” 

Stringent COVID-19-related precautions will be in place, but attendees are excited to return to collaborate and learn from fellow experts in the cancer and healthcare research and treatment worlds, despite the pandemic.

PTCOG-NA conference planner, Rowen Slocombe, is excited about the lineup of well-acclaimed keynote speakers. “The conference will also include 15 other speakers across four educational sessions, scientific presentations, interactive poster sessions, and more,” he says.

Many members of our proton team, including Dr. Zeng, Dr. Tony Wong, our Clinical Physics Lead, and other faculty will be presenting at the conference.

Additionally, the conference will feature a workshop on neutron therapy led by members of the UW Neutron Therapy Team, including Dr. Upendra Parvathaneni, Dr. Robert Stewart, and Robert Emery. "We've had quite a number of registrations for the neutron therapy symposium and tour already, and there seems to be a lot of excitement about it," says Dr. Rengan.

Our presentations at the conference include:

A study on proton therapy for esophageal cancers presented by Dr. Tyler Gutschenritter, who worked with Dr. Jing Zeng and Dr. Jim Apisarnthanarax, as well as a wonderful team of oncologists, medical physicists and dosimetrists.

An initiative to reduce use of anesthesia treated with proton therapy, presented by Dr. Molly Blau, Dr. Ralph Ermoian, Dr. Stephanie Schaub, and anesthesiologist Dr. Sally Rampersad.

A case study on base-of-tongue proton therapy following a severe and unexpected toxicity event, presented by radiation oncologist, Dr. Upendra Parvathaneni and a hard-working team of medical physicists.

An Intensity Modulated Neutron Therapy (IMNT) study by Dr. Robert Stewart and his excellent team of radiation oncologists at UW Medicine.

A report of outcomes for patients with lung cancer treated at the proton center by Dr. Jing Zeng and colleagues. 

A description of the ultra—high dose rate radiation therapy (FLASH) research system at UW Medicine by Dr. Ning Cao and team.  We hope to bring that promising form of radiation to the SCCA proton center in the next few years for our patients. 

If you are in the medical field and would like to attend, register here by August 18 for a discounted fee: https://www.ptcog-na.org/ptcog-na-2021/registration-guidelines