MedAustron Ion Therapy Center Tour

MedAustron Ion Therapy Center Tour

FRPT 2021 Participants will have the opportunity to visit virtually 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.

Planned MedAustron activities include: 

About MedAustron Ion Therapy Center

Location

MedAustron, the center for ion therapy and research is located in Wiener Neustadt in Lower Austria, about 50 kilometers south of Vienna.

Description

MedAustron in Wiener Neustadt is one of the most cutting-edge centers for cancer treatment and research. It opens 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. 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.

A sneak peek into MedAustron

The below video provides a quick sneak peek into MedAustron, and shows some of the steps and processes in place there.

Join us at FRPT 2021, to learn more, interact live with the specialists working at MedAustron, or maybe even visit the center in-person!

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

Programme:
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.