SBRT for Head & Neck Tumors

Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Tumors

Presented at the SRS/SBRT Scientific Meeting 2014 by:

  • Maged Ghaly, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Center for Head and Neck Oncology, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, New Hyde Park, NY. 
  • Dwight E. Heron, MD FACRO FACR, Professor of Radiation Oncology & Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA. 

This course is available from October 13, 2014, through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on December 31, 2021. 

In order to earn credit for this course, participants must:

    • View the audio/slide presentation
    • Pass the six-question examination with a minimum of 70%, and
    • Complete the course evaluation 

The activity is approximately 1.5 hours in length.

Course Fees

  • Non-Member: $25.00
  • RSS Member: Free
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Statement of Need

The role of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) as a therapeutic option for the treatment of head and neck tumors is continuously evolving.  SBRT has been shown to achieve effective local control when used as a boost after external beam radiation for the treatment of head and neck tumors.  SBRT has also been used as a primary local therapy in medically inoperable patients and is used as a salvage therapy for recurrent head and neck cancers.  Significant challenges are involved when delivering radiation to the head and neck region and there is a need to further improve the toxicity profile following radiation therapy.  The optimal dose, fractionation and duration of SBRT need to be further defined as well as exploring the combination of biological approaches to maximize the impact of radiation treatment for head and neck tumors.

Target Audience

This program is designed to meet the needs of radiation oncologists and residents-in-training with interests in SBRT for the treatment of head and neck tumors.

Activity Objectives

  • Summarize the basic principles of SBRT and the rationale for the use of SBRT in the treatment of head and neck tumors through evidence-based literature
  • Describe the patient selection for SBRT for the treatment of head and neck tumors
  • Discuss the role of SBRT for the treatment of recurrent, previously-irradiated squamous cell carcinoma
  • Define the role of imaging in treatment planning of SBRT and describe patient set-up for SBRT delivery
  • Explain the principles of treatment planning to deliver SBRT to head and neck tumors
  • Understand the toxicities associated with SBRT treatment of head and neck lesions

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and The Radiosurgery Society. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Statement

The Minnesota Medical Association designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This SAM has been qualified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) in meeting the criteria for self-assessment toward the purpose of fulfilling requirements in the ABR Maintenance of Certification Program on October 1, 2014.

Certificate of Participation

A certificate will be issued upon completion of course requirements, including the evaluation, enabling you to register your credit with the appropriate licensing boards or associations.

Technology Requirements

Software Requirements

  • A browser version of Internet Explorer 10.0 and higher or Firefox 3.0 or higher, Google Chrome Version 35 or higher.

A note on browser incompatibility:

  • We have tested IE 6.x in controlled configurations and we can stream successfully, but there are some versions that may not support the RTMP streams we push out - basically new technology that old technology can't handle.
  • Possible remedy: upgrade browser version, try alternate browsers such as Firefox.
  • Flash Player Version 11 or higher. If you have an older version it would be best to upgrade now. It's free and does not require a reboot.

Hardware Requirements

  • Windows Based Computer, Mac based Computers, smart phone, tablets
  • Windows XP SP 3 or Vista Home Premium or better
  • Mac OS x 10.5.3 or better
  • Pentium 4 or better
  • 1meg of System Ram (Memory)
  • True Color 32 bit video card
  • Sound card and speakers
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No refunds, extensions, or substitutions will be made for those participants who, for any reason, have not completed the course by the end of the qualification date. The qualification date for each course is listed on the RSS website under the title of the course.

Participants using RSS online courses to satisfy the requirement of a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program should verify the number, type and availability dates of any course before making a purchase. No refunds, extensions, or substitutions will be made for participants who have purchased courses that do not align with their MOC requirement.

The course and its materials will only be available on the RSS website for that 3 year period regardless of purchase date. At the expiration of the qualification, participants will no longer have access to the course or its materials. The RSS reserves the right to remove a course before the end of its qualification period.

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