HIGHER GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF CLINICAL SCIENCES PROGRAM IN RADIATION ONCOLOGY

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

RADIO-PATHOLOGICAL CORRELATION

          Practical skills in diagnosis of pathology with the naked eye and microscopes; correlation of pathology and diagnostic imaging of common diseases in Thailand.

 

PHYSICS IN TELETHERAPY

          Planning of treatment by radiotherapeutic machines, calculation of radiation by computer, advanced techniques of total body irradiation with electron and photon beams, quality assurance, selection process and examination of the machines.

 

PHYSICS IN BRACHYTHERAPY

          Brachytherapy dosimetry systems, application techniques, dose specification, dose optimization, dose volume histogram, clinical examples.

 

CLINICAL ONCOLOGY I

          Investigation, practical management of cancer patients, prognosis, roles of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy.

 

CLINICAL RADIOTHERAPY I

          Radiation treatment planning, positioning and immobilization, shielding, techniques and dose prescription, prevention of normal tissue complications.

 

CLINICAL ONCOLOGY II

          Multidisciplinary approach in treating cancer patients and management of complications, supportive and symptomatic treatment, care of end–stage patients, ethical issue in management of cancer patient, molecular biology techniques in radiation oncology.

 

ADVANCED PHYSICS

          Knowledge of physics in stereotactic radiosurgery, hyperfractionation techniques, 3-D conformal beam therapy, intensity modulated radiotherapy, high energy particle radiotherapy, fabrication of immobilization devices, development of beam modification, selection of suitable techniques and equipment in tumour localization, organization of computer network in radiotherapy system.

 

CLINICAL ONCOLOGY III

          Communication with patients, relatives and colleagues, continuous medical education and critical appraisal, principle of personnel administration, organization management, planning for resource allocation of radiotherapy division in equipment, staffs, budget and program operation.

 

BRACHYTHERAPY

          Application, planning and dose prescription in brachytherapy.

 

CLINICAL RADIOTHERAPY II

          Radiation treatment planning by using complicated techniques, total body irradiation, hemibody irradiation, stereotactic radiosurgery, 3-D conformal radiotherapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, high energy particle radiotherapy, the use of radiation in the treatment of patients with benign tumors.

 

SPECIAL PROJECT I

          Basic research methodology, how to choose research question, literature search and review, research proposal.

 

SPECIAL PROJECT II

          Data collection and analysis, interpretation, write – up and report, presentation and discussion, clinical implication.