We just returned from Taiwan after attending the TASTRO - Taiwan Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology annual conference. The event was held at the Tiangong Hall in the Kaohsiung Junhong Hotel in Kaohsiung City. Presenters at the two day conference covered a range of topics including the Best of ASTRO topics (Head and Neck Cancer, Abdomen/Pelvis, Chest). We also enjoyed the presentation on the use of brachytherapy in early stage breast cancer. We believe that interstitial hyperthermia, and the immune response trigger of heat, can play an important role in this treatment protocol. But the main focus of the event centered around proton therapy.
Dr. Zeljko Vujaskovic presented "Thermal Therapy in Cancer Treatment" as the keynote speaker of the event.
Our sales agent for Taiwan, Ames Medical, put together an excellent booth presentation for the Pyrexar product line
The highlight of the conference was a keynote presentation by Dr. Zeljko Vujaskovic from the University of Maryland Proton Center. Dr. Vujaskovic provided an overview of the development of Thermal Therapy, with an emphasis on its reemerging role in cancer treatment. Dr. Vujaskovic and his team have developed the world's first center to combine proton therapy and thermal therapy treatment in a single facility. The team has recently started treating patients in the new thermal suite and early results are positive. The University of Maryland has used the BSD-500 for many years and the recent addition of a BSD-2000 last spring will allow them to treat cases using hyperthermia in the superficial, interstitial, and deep regional modes.
A special thanks to our Taiwan sales organization AMES Medical. They did a tremendous job hosting our team and creating a comprehensive marketing and sales presentation in the conference booth.
Plus: AIRO - Italian Association of Radiotherapy Oncology
We were also represented this month at the AIRO by our distributor Tema Sinergia. The 28th Annual AIRO was held Nov. 2-4 at the Rimini Conference Center, Rimini, Italy. The event is co-located with the 31st National Congress AIRB and the 10th National AIRO Youth Congress.
Thank you to the Tema Sinergia team for their great work.