BIR Oncology & Radiotherapy


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The overall aim of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Special Interest Group is to promote and facilitate teaching and research in clinical oncology and related professions. The strength of the multidisciplinary ethos is seen in the scientific meetings organised which contribute to the educational needs of a diverse workforce, from trainees to qualified experienced personnel. Within the BIR the group advises the Council on matters relating to radiotherapy and oncology and responds and advises on documents from other bodies. 

Everyone is welcome to join the BIR Oncology and Radiotherapy SIG including clinicians, physicists, radiographers, dosimetrists and oncology nurses. Simply join online here.

The SIG is urgently looking to recruit an oncologist and a radiographer to be on the Management Group. If you would like to be involved in developing and organising educational events and courses and help steer government policy - please contact Lucy Stewart ( with an abbreviated CV and a short paragraph about the skills you could offer.

Management group members   -  brief bios 


Latest SIG News


Dr Keith Langmack represented the BIR at the  Health Economics in Radiation Oncology in Brussels in December 2017. 

Read his report on the event here




Do you have an interest in geometric uncertainties in IGRT?

We are looking for volunteers to join a new BIR working party to produce an Addendum to the 2003 BIR report:Geometric Uncertainties in Radiotherapy: Defining the Planning Target Volume.

The working party will operate from Autumn 2017 to the end of 2018 and will primarily operate through telephone conference, with one or two face-to-face meetings. Volunteers can contact the BIR working party organiser Sam Tudor at  Closing Date:  08 September  2017.


highlights from the May 2017 meeting of the Management Group

The group had a lively and productive meeting in May and discussed their upcoming events, position papers, podcasts, and various other matters:

  • ‘Proton Therapy in the UK – how is this going to affect your practice?’ – the event would take place on 12 October 2017
  • ‘Head and Neck meeting’ – event taking place on 8 December 2017
  • Success of Satellites and Remote Working – a 2 day meeting was planned for 2018
  • Alex Stewart had recorded a webinar ‘A user’s guide to the national papillon and colonrectal cancer database’ in January 2071.
  • The 3rd webinar on Proton Therapy was recorded in July – with speakers Adrian Crellin, Hazel Pennington and Stuart Green.
  • Podcasts – a number of these had now been recorded including one on ‘Revised IRMER guidance on MGTI for radiotherapy’ – Keith Langmack interviewed David Eaton.
  • The group have produced position papers on proton therapy and hypofractionation. They are working on a few more, including one on controversy over new centres. Watch out for more information. 
  • SIG Chair, Nikki Blackler, volunteered to do an introduction to a paper on ‘The Future of Radiotherapy’ that the BIR were putting together with Media Planet. This had subsequently been published and distributed by the Guardian.





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