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The Radiosurgery Society™ Completes the 2013 Scientific Meeting Focused on Bridging the Gap: Working Together

  The Radiosurgery Society™ Completes the 2013 Scientific Meeting Focused on
                      Bridging the Gap: Working Together

PR Newswire

CAMPBELL, Calif., March 4, 2013

CAMPBELL, Calif., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Radiosurgery Society®
(RSS), a non-profit organization of medical professionals dedicated to
advancing the science and clinical practice of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), held its annual Scientific Meeting
on February 21-23, 2013, at the La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, California with
450 attendees. The mission of the RSS is to bring together professionals from
radiation and surgical specialties, as well as radiation physicists, for
scientific exchange as well as interactions with medical device manufacturers.
The RSS is breaking down the barriers that hinder development of new clinical
paradigms within the exciting field of focused irradiation.

Over 80 presentations and posters were given by physicians and physicists from
throughout the world, who discussed a wide spectrum of applications and
devices, including CyberKnife, Gamma Knife, Novalis, and TrueBeam in the
treatment of tumors of the brain, spine, lung, breast, prostate, kidney,
liver, pancreas, and head and neck. These presentations, supporting prior
publications in peer reviewed medical literature and research presented at
other meetings, confirm that both single and multiple fraction SRS are
effective treatment and that the efficacy of stereotactic radiosurgery is
independent of the platform used to administer the treatment. 

Back by popular demand, "The Showdown Returns to La Costa" featured leading
clinicians presenting their contrasting opinions on the management of early
stage lung cancer, prostate cancer, and trigeminal neuralgia. Surgical
intervention was directly compared to radiosurgical management which produced
lively debates, discussions and questions from the audience. Members of the
Society were encouraged to draw their own conclusions based on the clinical
evidence, experience, documented data and comments from this session. "The
meeting provided ample time for spirited discussion and debate of current
topics in radiosurgery. The opportunity to really dig into the medical
evidence and then to discuss the real world issues around each topic, makes
this event valuable," said Douglas Kondziolka, M.D., neurosurgeon from New
York University Medical Center. 

The Thoracic Workshop Chair, Dr. Deepak Khuntia commented, "This year's
inaugural thoracic SBRT workshop, endorsed by The Society of Thoracic
Surgeons, was incredibly well received and allowed not only new users of SBRT
to bridge the knowledge gap of this rapidly increasing modality, but also
allowed experts in the field to fine tune their skill sets. The course format
included didactic as well as hands-on practicum lead by pre-eminent thought
leaders in the field, allowing attendees to return to practice with tangible
knowledge that will affect their own patients immediately." 

"Every thoracic surgeon who calls himself a lung cancer expert should attend
the RSS Scientific Meeting,not only to learn about the advancement of
technologies, but more importantly the potential and limitations of SBRT.
This meeting provides a remarkable opportunity to associate with colleagues in
a unique and friendly atmosphere – creating a culture unlike any other
meeting," said Robert Cerfolio, M.D., Chief of Thoracic Surgery at UAB and one
of the leading proctors at the thoracic workshop.

The physics sessions, endorsed by the American Association of Physicists in
Medicine (AAPM), consisted of a dosimetry workshop, a symposium examining
Monte Carlo dosimetry application presented byexpects including Charlie Ma,
Ph.D., from Fox Chase Cancer Center, and a session on quality assurance and
safety in radiosurgery. Back by popular demand, "The Showdown Returns to La
Costa" featured leading clinicians presenting their contrasting opinions on
the management of early stage lung cancer, prostate cancer, and trigeminal
neuralgia. Surgical intervention was directly compared to radiosurgical
management which produced lively debates, discussions and questions from the
audience. Members of the Society were encouraged to draw their own conclusions
based on the clinical evidence, experience, documented data and comments from
this session. "The meeting provided ample time for spirited discussion and
debate of current topics in radiosurgery. The opportunity to really dig into
the medical evidence and then to discuss the real world issues around each
topic, makes this event valuable," said Douglas Kondziolka, M.D., neurosurgeon
from New York University Medical Center.

The Radiosurgery Society draws support from nearly 30 companies and community
leaders, including Accuray Incorporated, Elekta, and Varian Medical Systems.

"The Society successfully brought together healthcare professionals and the
device industry for the purpose of advancing the science of Stereotactic
Radiosurgery to benefit patients," said Anand Mahadevan, M.D., radiation
oncologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and current President of
the Board of Directors of the Radiosurgery Society.

About The Radiosurgery Society™

The Radiosurgery Society (RSS) – a non-profit, independent, multi-disciplinary
organization of surgeons, radiation oncologists, physicists, and allied
professionals, who are dedicated to advancing the science and clinical
practice of radiosurgery. Originally formed in 2002 and becoming (501c6) in
2008, the Radiosurgery Society today represents approximately 600 members who
perform stereotactic body radiotherapy and radiosurgery in hospitals and
freestanding centers throughout the world. www.therss.org.

          Kristine Gagliardi

          Executive Director
Contacts:
          (408) 370-1998

          kgagliardi@therss.org





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Website: http://www.therss.org
 
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