MedAustron Ion Therapy Center Tour
FRPT 2021 Participants will have the opportunity to visit (virtually or in-person) one of the most cutting-edge centers for cancer treatment and research – MedAustron – and ask questions to the specialists working there live, during the Conference in December.
About MedAustron Ion Therapy Center
MedAustron, the center for ion therapy and research is located in Wiener Neustadt in Lower Austria, about 50 kilometers south of Vienna.
MedAustron in Wiener Neustadt is one of the most cutting-edge centers for cancer treatment and research. It will open up new opportunities for fighting cancer diseases by treating patients with an innovative form of radiation therapy: the so-called Ion Beam or Particle Therapy. MedAustron is one of few synchrotron-based facilities worldwide to offer both, Proton- and Carbon-Ion Therapy.
Proton- and Carbon Ion Therapy is especially effective for treating tumors close to radiation sensitive organs, as it significantly reduces the radiation of the healthy tissue in front of the tumor, and almost completely spares the sensitive tissue behind the tumor. Therefore, side and long term effects can be reduced and the radiation dose for very aggressive tumors can be increased.
MedAustron treats tumors which are resistant to conventional irradiation, have recurred after conventional radiotherapy or tumors in delicate anatomical structures. It is important to understand that Proton- and Carbon Ion therapy is indicated for primary tumors that are still localized (and have not yet spread or metastatized). It is a complementary form of cancer treatment and in general does not replace surgery or chemotherapy.
The most common indications treated by MedAustron to date have included brain tumors, tumors of the skull base or the spinal cord, pediatric cancers and re-irradiations, furthermore also gastrointestinal tumors and prostate cancer. In 2020 and over the following years the range of indications will be broadened steadily and treatment options will be expanded accordingly.
At MedAustron, patients get outpatient treatment with daily irradiations over a period of several weeks.
ACTIVITIES DURING FRPT 2021:
Virtual Tour through MedAustron
All Conference participants are invited to attend a virtual tour of the MedAustron Ion Therapy Center, available for viewing on demand during the Conference days.
Duration: 90 Minutes
Pre-registration: The virtual tour will not require pre-registration to attend
1. General Overview and History of the Facility
2. Biology Labs
3. Automated Control Room
4. Non-Clinical Research Room
5. Injector Hall
6. Clinical Treatment Room – Gantry
7. Treatment Planning
8. Linear Accelerator Bunker
9. Synchrotron Hall & Extraction lines
Live Q&A with MedAustron specialists
Thursday, 2nd December 2021 – 16:40 – 17:10 CET
All Conference participants are invited to join a live Q&A session with MedAustron Specialists during the second Conference day.
Physical Tour through MedAustron
Provided that the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic allows, there will be an option for a physical tour of parts of the facility for the Conference Participants.
More information will be available on this page soon.