OLIGOCARE, a prospective registry trial of oligometastatic disease.
An initiative by ESTRO and EORTC.
Despite its almost universal use, the level of evidence supporting radical local treatment in general for oligometastatic patients, and stereotactic radiotherapy in particular is low. Uncertainties and variability in practice are therefore huge and it seems highly unlikely or even impossible that these issues will be solved within the traditional framework of prospective randomised trials.
The initiative was therefore taken to set up a registry trial that will be aiming at evaluating patterns-of-care and patterns-of-outcome after radical treatment for oligometastatic disease and evaluating patient, tumour, diagnostic and treatment factors influencing outcome.
The protocol for this study has been finalised and e-CRF are currently being developed. The study is characterised by a collaborative, global, pragmatic and adaptive design (please find below the link of the outline of the project: the background, rationale, inclusion criteria and study design).
We would like to hear from you if you are interested to participate in this prospective registry trial and invite you to express your interest by registering here.
Please find below links to additional information:
Thank you for your kind support.
On behalf of
Belgische Vereniging voor Radiotherapie-Oncologie vzw
Association Belge de Radiothérapie-Oncologie asbl
Examination regulations - Official board exam
1. Organisation of the examination
The examination described in the 23/04/2014 Ministerial Decree determining the general criteria for the recognition of physician specialists and in the “Arrêté du Gouvernement de la Communauté française du 29 novembre 2017” and in the “Besluit van de Vlaamse regering betreffende de erkenning van artsen-specialisten en van huisartsen van 24 februari 2017” is organized as follows.
At the end of the academic year the ABRO-BVRO organizes on behalf of the Flemish and French speaking recognition committees the official examination for the residents in their 4th year of training. Residents who want an exception to the rule on the 4th year of training should submit a request (one A4 page motivating the request) to the respective committee of recognition. The requests will be reviewed on a yearly basis. As a general rule at least 18 months of clinical training in a radiation oncology department is a prerequisite to be allowed to the official examination.
The official board examination consists of 100 English multiple choices questions (MCQ) and an oral examination by three different juries.
1.2. Examination date and location
The official examination is organised annually in mid-June. The date, time and location are communicated to the students approximately six months beforehand.
Students have to be present at the exam at the latest on the hour it is expected to start. Students who arrive late for a written exam, may still be allowed to take the exam but the end time of the exam will not be adjusted in that case.
1.3. Written and oral examination
The examination consists of a written and an oral part. After the written part the students are invited for the oral exam. To pass, the scores on the written and the oral examination should both be at least 50 %. As the language of the teaching courses is English, the multiple choice questions (MCQ’s) are also in English. In principle the oral part of the examination is taken in English. However, if the student prefers to do the oral exam in French or Dutch, he/she should inform the secretary of the society a month in advance. The oral part will consist of three juries who will question the student on different clinical cases. Each jury of the oral examination is composed of 2 examiners and 1 observer. The observer takes notes and participates in the deliberation.
1.4. Second examination in the same academic year
There is no re-examination within the same academic year. However, in exceptional circumstances beyond one’s control the respective committee of recognition might judge a second examination should be organised for a student that did not succeed the official examination in the last year of the training. In case the student has to retake the exam, both the written and oral part should be retaken even if the student passed on one of the two parts before.
2. Taking part in the examinations
2.1. Conditions to take part in the examinations
At the exam, students must be able to prove their identity with their identity card (ID card). Before the start of the written examination, the presence of the students is registered. The ID cards of the participating students remain with the supervisor of the written exam. At the end when handing in the examinations, the ID card is returned to the student. Students can, upon request, receive an official proof of participation in the exam.
2.2. Not taking part in the examination
Students who are registered for the examination, but who cannot participate in it, need to report this as soon as possible to their supervisor and/or the secretary of the society.
Students can justify their absence with a medical certificate, on the condition that the certificate from a medical doctor is not written any later than the day of the absence, and on the condition that the student hands it in at the secretariat of ABRO-BVRO as soon as possible, and preferably within three days. The certificate specifies that the student was not able to participate in the exam.
The following medical certificates will not be accepted:
3. Course of the examinations
In the case of blood or family ties up to and including the fourth degree between a student and an examiner, the latter should request the chair of the examination committee to appoint a replacement at least a month before the examination will take place. The examiner cannot at the end of the (partial) examination announce the result to the student.
3.2. Information prior to the examinations
The students are invited to register for the examination through the ABRO-BVRO website (www.abro-bvro.be) by e-mail. The examination regulations are published on the website.
3.3. Examination format and duration
3.3.1. Written examination
The written part consists of 100 English MCQ’s covering the different tumor sites and including MCQ’s on radiobiology and medical physics.
Each individual student receives a booklet with the 100 MCQ’s on which he/she has to note the – according to him/her – right answer. Each MCQ has five answer options. Students receive a point (+1) when they provide the correct answer. When the student responds incorrectly, the student loses -1/4 (with 5 answer options). If the student does not know the answer, the student can leave the question empty and loses/earns no points (0).
3.3.2. Oral examination
The students will be examined by three juries for the oral examinations. There is no preparation time for the oral examination. All students receive the same clinical cases. The cases are presented by the juries in a structured way:
For each case a list with items that are expected to be answered/mentioned to pass, is made. Any extra knowledge of the student leads to a higher score.
3.4. Non-participation in an exam
If students do not participate in an exam, the exam is evaluated as "not taken" (NT). If the student does not participate in one of these evaluations, the general principle is that the students receive NT for the entire examination.
4.1. Criteria for passing the examination
Students pass the written examination if a score of at least 50 % including guess correction is obtained.
Students pass the oral examination if a score of at least 50 % is obtained after adding up the results of the individual juries. If the score for an individual jury is below 8/20 the student fails the oral examination.
Students pass the exam as a whole only if they pass both parts.
The ABRO-BVRO has taken the following measurements to avoid fraud during the (preparation) of the examinations:
5. Announcement and discussion of examination results
5.1. Announcement of the decisions of the examination committee
The final score of the examination is communicated to the student by individual e-mail with the stagemeester/maître de stage in copy in the week following the examination. It is up to the stagemeester/maître de stage to decide if he/she informs the local stagemeester/maître de stage.
The scores of the oral examinations are discussed by the different juries at the end of the oral examination. An overall score for the oral exam is given but not yet communicated to the students.
5.2. Discussion of the results and right to feedback
Students have the opportunity to receive feedback during the first seven calendar days after the announcement of the examination results. The written exam and the scores on the oral exam can be reviewed by the student in the presence of one of the examiners. In case the student wants a feedback conversation on a specific oral part, an appointment with at least one of the members of the jury can be made.
We invite you to attend the next annual Autumn meeting in Dolce La Hulpe / Terhulpen on the 21st and 22nd of September.
The main theme of this edition is “The Best of … Checkpoint Inhibitors and Radiotherapy in (Oligo)metastatic disease, Lung and Head & Neck cancer” with a mixed international and national faculty.
Furthermore we continue this year with a new initiative that was introduced last year: the Business meeting. During this meeting, the several national societies involved in radiation oncology, namely ABRO/BVRO, GBS/VBS, BRAVO and the College will present their work, goals, accomplishments,…
On Friday evening we organise a reception and dinner which will be followed by a social event, the ideal setting to gather together with your colleagues and friends.
We hope to see most of you during this major event for our community.
Junior abstracts submit your abstract
Studies in Belgian Radiation Oncology departments present your study
this meeting applies for the permanent education required by AFCN/FANC
This year we continue with a new initiative that was introduced last year: the Business meeting. During this meeting, the several national societies involved in radiation oncology, namely ABRO/BVRO, GBS/VBS, BRAVO and the College will present their work, goals, accomplishments,… This meeting is scheduled after the scientific sessions on Friday afternoon and is open to the members of ABRO/BVRO – GBS/VBS.
Junior members are invited to present their abstract on the Friday afternoon session and have received an invitation accordingly. Abstracts have to be submitted on the 3rd of August at the latest.
On Saturday morning, the prize for the best abstract and presentation will be awarded.
Radiation oncology departments that are conducting a study or are planning to start a study and would like to invite other departments to collaborate with them, can give a short presentation on Saturday at noon. A time slot of 5 minutes is allocated per study/department with a maximum of 4 studies that can be presented. If you would like to take this opportunity and present your study at the Autumn meeting, you should send an e-mail to our secretariat before the 4th of August together with an abstract of your study.
As a tradition we organize a dinner on Friday evening. We would like to invite all participants to attend this dinner and gather together with your colleagues and friends. After the dinner, we plan a social event with the performance of the rock band Keepsake, which was a big success last year.
Click on their logo to view their youtube clip.
Registration is now open. Below you will find an overview of the registration fees. The fee includes the lunches and breaks for the requested dates.
The venue of this meeting will be Dolce La Hulpe. Timely accommodation reservation is requested to guarantee your room. The hotel has set 3 reservation deadlines: the first reservation deadline is the 20th of June 2018. After this date the hotel will release 25 % of the pre-reserved rooms. After the 1st of August the hotel will keep 50 % of the pre-reserved rooms at our disposal until the 1st of September 2018. After that date all left rooms will be put in the regular sale. To benefit from our special rates, use the link to the booking website of the hotel which you will receive during your meeting registration.
Registration Friday or Saturday only
Registration Friday and Saturday
see the booking website of the hotel
*Non-members cannot register via the website. They have to send an e-mail to our secretariat and will receive a registration form afterwards.
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Junior abstract submission deadline: 3rd of August 2018
Presentation of studies in Belgian RT depts.: 3rd of August 2018
Scientific meeting registration deadline: 3rd of September 2018 postponed until 11th of September 2018 23:59
1st Hotel reservation deadline (25 % release): 20th of June 2018
2nd Hotel reservation deadline (50 % release): 1st of August 2018
3rd Hotel reservation deadline (100 % release): 1st of September 2018 there are still some rooms available, the reservation website is still open!
INAMI/RIZIV and AFCN/FANC* accreditation have been requested.
*remember that the ABRO/BVRO Autumn and Spring meetings apply for the continuous education in radiation protection of the patient required by the AFCN/FANC.
The AFCN/FANC has attributed the following credit points to Radiation Oncologists:
- 21/09/2018: 1,5 hours
- 22/09/2018: 3 hours
These visa numbers apply to our sponsors of this event:
Major partners: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Belgium S.A.
Medium partners: De Ceunynck Radiotherapy nv, Elekta nv/sa, Janssen - Cilag, Orfit, RaySearch Belgium bvba/sprl, Varian Medical Systems International AG
Minor partners: Accuray, Brainlab AG, BXTAccelyon Limited, Ipsen NV, Norgine NV/SA, Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition Belgium
Minor partner: Pierre Fabre - Eau thermale Avène