Schedule as of February 1, 2023


Daily Program 


Breast oncology overview and the patient perspective

Dr. Ralph George – Keynote address with themes of de-escalation
Dr. Sarah Quirk –  The evolution of breast radiotherapy for early-stage breast cancer

 Patient panel, themes for discussion:

  1. Access to care/information
  2. Disempowerment during the treatment journey
  3. Treatment specifics
  4. Inclusion of patients in cancer care committees

 Patient Positioning for Improved Dose Accuracy and Patient Comfort 

Ian Sun – Evolution in practice leading to changes in IGRT Dr. Cheryl Duzenli – Supine positioning and large breast immobilisation
Paulette McKeon – Prone breast set up
Dr. Scott Karnas – Surface guidance

 The Role of Bolus in Modern Breast Radiotherapy

Tami Joseph – Commercial 3D printed bolus solution, the Nova Scotia experienceDr. Alan Nichol – Omitting bolus for chest wall treatments
Nathan Smela and Dr. Quinn Matthews – An in-house 3D printed bolus solution


 Clinical trials driving change in breast cancer treatment with a focus on de-escalation

Dr. Murray Brunt – START, IMPORT LOW, FAST-Forward trials
Dr. Eileen Rakovitch – DUCHESS, MA39, RHEAL trials

Advances in breast imaging influencing the patient journey: early detection, diagnosis, staging and treatment 

Dr. Jean Seely, Dr. Martin Yaffe – Breast Screening    
Dr. Paula Gordon – Clinical Advances in breast ultrasound imaging
Dr. Anat Kornecki – Clinical Advances in contrast enhanced mammography
Dr. Supriya Kulkarni – Clinical Advances in breast MRI
Dr. Charlotte Yong-Hing – Imaging panel discussion: interesting and controversial issues in breast screening and imaging  
Dr. Rasika Rajapakshee – AI in breast screening
Dr. Idris Elbakri – CCPM mammography certification

 Poster sessions

 Imaging Stream:

Sarah Aubert & Morgan Maher – Disparities in Breast Cancer Screening Facing Sexual and Gender Minority Patients
Claire Park – Portable, cost-effective three-dimensional automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) for point-of-care screening in high-risk populations
Dr. Lesley Buckley – Improved multi-institutional oversight of mammography quality control using QATrack+

Treatment Stream:

Dr. Katie Lekx-Toniolo – Trends in Radiation Therapy Breast Treatments at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre
Tania Karan – Considerations in left anterior descending artery (LAD) toxicity in large volume breast radiotherapy


Emerging technologies in planning

Dr. Michael Kucharczyk – Autocontouring trial design, challenges from RO perspective
Livia Marrazzo – Automated for PBI, breast+nodes, the Florence experience
Dr. Leigh Conroy –  Machine-learning based auto-planning
Dr Jean-Guy Belliveau – Adaptive PBI on Ethos

Emerging technologies in treatment

Dr. Thalat Monajemi and Dr. Alanah Bergman – VMAT breast: overview, challenges from two centres
Dr. Dave Voduc & Dr. Asim Amjad – To VMAT or not VMAT debate
Dr. Eric Vandervoort –  Gammapod, the Ottawa experience
Dr. Kimberly Corbin – Protons in breast
Dr. Juanita Crook  – Brachy in breast
Dr. Irena Dragojevic and Dr. Marija Popovic – IORT at 2 centres