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estro38 Dr. Sennewald Medizintechnik, Pyrexar's European distribution partner,  has brought together an impressive program of clinicians to talk about hyperthermia's role in the treatment of cancer, at this years ESTRO 38 (European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology).  The luncheon symposium titled "Hyperthermia in the age of personalized oncology" will be held Saturday, April 27th, and is open to all ESTRO attendees (space is limited).

Program outline below:

Introduction Daniel Zips, UMC Tübingen, Germany
Hyperthermia as an immune modulator in multimodal tumor therapies - immune biological rationale Michael Hader, Ph.D., UMC Erlangen, Germany
Integration of Pencil Beam Scanning Proton Therapy and Hyperthermia: The University of Maryland Clinical Experience Zeljko Vujaskovic MD, University of Maryland, USA
Management of locally recurrent Breast Cancers with local hyperthermia and radiotherapy: A systematic review and meta-analysis Niloy Datta MD, Canton Hospital Aarau, Switzerland
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy combined with deep regional hyperthermia as the new standard for the treatment of patients with high-risk soft-tissue sarcomas Lars Lindner MD,  UMC Munich Grosshadern, Germany
Hyperthermia and preoperative chemoradiation for organ-preservation in rectal cancer patients Cihan Gani MD, UMC Tübingen, Germany
Discussion and Summary Stephan Bodis MD, Canton Hospital Aarau, Switzerland

ABOUT ESTRO

Founded in 1980, ESTRO, the European SocieTy for Radiotherapy & Oncology, is a non-profit and scientific organization that fosters the role of Radiation Oncology to improve patients’ care in the multimodality treatment of cancer. ESTRO 38 is held in Milan, Italy, April 26th - 30th, 2019, at the Milan Convention Center.

Pyrexar Celebrates four years as a medical device manufacturer

It has been four years since we acquired the hyperthermia division from BSD Medical and started Pyrexar Medical.  In addition to getting the technology rights to this life-changing technology, we also received a group of great, hardworking people. Pyrexar may be only celebrating year four, but we do this sitting atop four decades of drive, innovation, and the desire to give those that are battling cancer, a higher chance at disease-free survival.

We are looking toward achieving great strides in this next year. With that, we have many people to thank, and that includes you.  Thank you to all of our supporters, partners, researchers, physicians, physicists, radiation therapists, nurses, and administrative staff around the world. To those that continue to believe in the bright future of hyperthermia and to those who demand the best outcomes for their patients.

Thank you.

Ascension is the most extensive Catholic health system in the world and the largest non-profit health system in the United States with facilities in 23 states and the District of Columbia. It is a faith-based collaboration of hospitals, medical practices, and innovators that shares best practices and the objective of developing healthier communities throughout the United States by community outreach and researching means of reducing the cost of healthcare.

st john medical center macomb building

North Macomb Radiation Oncology Center, located in Macomb Township, Michigan on the campus of Ascension- St. John Hospital Health Center, is dedicated to providing their patients with the very best in Radiation Oncology services by combining personalized, compassionate care with our extensive clinical experience and cutting edge therapies. In alignment with there treatment goals, the center has added a BSD-500 Superficial/Interstitial hyperthermia system to aid in the treatment of cancer.

BSD-500 Superficial Hypethermia System at Macomb radiation center

This facility has treated not only patients with common cancers such as breast, prostate, and lung, but also many patients with relatively uncommon cancers such as cancer of the head and neck, lymphoma and gynecological cancers. Amr Aref, M.D., is the Chief of Radiation Oncology for St. John Providence East Region and one of the most experienced radiation oncologists in the Metro Detroit area.  Dr. Aref has a particular interest in breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and malignant lymphomas and given presentations of his work in those areas at national and international meetings. They were published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

To find out more about the thermal oncology program at the center, please use the contact link here.

We are excited to see that the Society of Thermal Medicine has added a Clinical Hyperthermia Practice Guidelines Workshop to their conference schedule.  The program is scheduled for Monday, April 29th, 2019, 8:30 - 12:00 am.  Requires STM2019 registration and an additional fee ($75.00 USD). Registration Link

Clinical Hyperthermia Practice Guidelines Workshop
The goal of this workshop is to provide practical training for hyperthermia therapy personnel, including physicians, nurses, radiation therapists, and physicists. All speakers have clinical experience in their fields. Lectures from well-known experts on clinical, physics, and biology of hyperthermia will provide participants a comprehensive overview of practice guidelines to deliver safe and effective hyperthermia treatments. This multi-disciplinary workshop will also include talks on clinical workflow and reimbursement. The workshop is the first of its kind organized by STM and is open to STM2019 participants of all thermal therapy backgrounds.

Title   Speaker
How to Establish a Hyperthermia Program univ of maryland Zeljko Vujaskovic, MD, PhD
Practice Guidelines for Superficial Hyperthermia maryland proton center Jason K. Molitoris, MD
Practice Guidelines for Deep Hyperthermia  thomas jefferson logo Mark Hurwitz, MD
Practice Guidelines for Interstitial Hyperthermia gamma west  John Hayes, MD
Equipment, Planning, and Execution of Microwave Superficial Hyperthermia Treatment  thomas jefferson logo Paul Stauffer, MSEE, CCE
Equipment, Planning, and Execution of RF Deep Hyperthermia Treatment univ of maryland Dario B. Rodrigues, PhD
Assessment of Hyperthermia Treatments based on Hypoxia Imaging duke university  Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD
Clinical Workflow, Documentation and Reimbursement of Hyperthermia Treatments univ of maryland Erika Maynor

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