Treating more cancer patients efficiently, effectively and safely — making use of the latest advances in technology — presents both an opportunity and a challenge, and the IAEA can help its Member States to improve quality and access to cancer care services. This was the message from IAEA officials at the opening of the second International Conference on Advances in Radiation Oncology (ICARO2) today.
The conference, which has attracted over 500 participants from 96 countries, is taking place at IAEA headquarters in Vienna from 20–23 June 2017.
"The role of the conference is to bring people together and spread the knowledge on the use of radiotherapy in cancer care," said Aldo Malavasi, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Application. "With the help of conferences like this the IAEA assists Member States in areas of quality assurance for radiation oncology, radiology and nuclear medicine, dosimetry audits, training and — very importantly — networking".
Continuous professional advancement is essential if medical personnel are to stay up to date with new developments and this conference provides an important forum not only to share the latest knowledge in the field, but also to review modern technologies, compare experiences, and assess their benefits from different perspectives, he said.