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The 31st ESTRO Conference and the World Congress of Brachytherapy

European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO)

ESTRO 31 and the World Congress of Brachytherapy will combine to feature new research results in clinical and basic radiobiology, physics and brachytherapy, presented by top doctors and scientists from all over the world working together for the benefit of cancer patients.

The two conferences, which will run in parallel, are expected to attract 6000 delegates from around 50 countries.

Here is a sample of the new results to be announced at the conferences (embargoed to time of their presentation at ESTRO 31/WBC):

  • Stem cell sparing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer may avoid salivary gland damage and improve quality of life for 500,000 patients worldwide
  • How does being positive or negative for the human papilloma virus affect the response to radiotherapy alone by patients with oropharyngeal (throat) cancer?
  • 3-D image guided brachytherapy: does it help to avoid hysterectomies in cervical cancer patients?
  • Researchers discover cheap and simple way of overcoming poor response to radiotherapy in head and neck cancer
  • Can highly targeted irradiation be as good as whole breast radiotherapy in early stage cancer?
  • Cancer in the elderly: research fails to keep up with demographic change
  • Breathing during radiotherapy - how to hit the treatment target without causing collateral damage

There will be a press conference in Spanish on Thursday at 11.45 More details will follow in the next media alert.

To find details of the programme:

Visit the ESTRO and WCB web site:

Free media registration - on provision of bona fide press credentials

We welcome the media to ESTRO 31 and the WCB. All sessions are open to journalists and registration is free to bona fide journalists on presentation of official press credentials. A media centre with computers, fax, printing, photocopying and free local and international telephone facilities and internet connections will be available. NB: the official conference language is English.

To register now: Download the registration form on the web site:

If you are unable to attend but wish to receive media information on research being presented at the meeting, please indicate on the registration form and return it to Cécile Hardon-Villard at

If you wish to book accommodation, booking agents details can be found on:


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