40% of radiation therapy in the United States is given with palliative intent. At the same time, palliative RT receives disproportionately low attention at national meetings, is not well studied on clinical protocols. Palliative RT remains more of an art than clinical science. Palliative RT practices around the world can shed light on how this situation can be rectified in the United States and more cost-effective, patient-centered palliative RT could be offered to patients with symptomatic disease progression.
During the Annual Oncology Congress in November 2018 (in Moscow, Russia), RUSSCO-ASTRO held the first joint session, dedicated to palliative RT. Pragmatic solutions, logistical concerns, financial considerations, and ultimately - impact on patient's well-being - were discussed from both US, Israel and Russian sides. There is no doubt that US radiation oncologists will become better equipped in providing cost-effective, patient-centered palliative RT after learning about international experience in this field.
Develop patient-centered, cost-effective palliative care clinic models
Apply the international experience in the field of palliative RT to the delivery of palliative care in US
Assess incurable and hospice patients for clinical benefit of palliative RT.
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
SPRO - advocating for high-quality, low-cost affordable palliative RT that addresses US patients' needs. Speaker: Candice Johnstone, MD, MPH – Medical College of Wisconsin
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Palliative RT in locally advanced breast cancer: Russian experience Speaker: Natalia Dengina, MD – Ulyanovsk regional clinical oncology center
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Challenges and considerations for utilization of radiation therapy in hospice patients Speaker: Timur Mitin, MD, PhD – Oregon Health and Science University
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Helping patients achieve their dreams. Speaker: Benjamin William Corn, MD, FASTRO – Shaare Zedek Medical Center
Biography: Natalia Dengina, MD, PhD
Radiation oncologist, Head of Radiation therapy department, Ulyanovsk regional clinical cancer center, Russian Federation
Assistant professor, Department of Oncology and Radiology, Institute of Medicine, Ecology and Physical Training, Ulyanovsk State University, Russian Federation
RUSSCO (Russian Society of Clinical Oncology) executive board member, ESTRO member, IASLC member