Firing Up Cancer
24 – 26 June 2015

Cost emf-med workshop: Designing Focused Deep Hyperthermia by EMF




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9:00 - 18:30

  • 23.06.2015 - Cost Workshop (9:00 - 16:00)
  • 23.06.2015 - Working Group Meetings (16:30 - 18:30)
  • 24.06.2015 - Mini-training on hyperthermia - ESHO Educational Day (08:30 - 16:00)

Technopark Zurich


In oncology, hyperthermia is recognised as a very potent sensitizer for radiotherapy and chemotherapy while minimally enhancing late toxicity. Hyperthermia has a good tolerance and low morbidity. However, the clinical application is in general perceived as being difficult to apply at high quality and the procedure is demanding for patient and staff. The large focus of heating of the current low frequency deep hyperthermia systems prohibits small scale adjustment of the RF energy and is closely related to the induction of painful hot spots that limit the increase of the tumor temperature. Theoretical modelling shows that hyperthermia systems at higher frequencies (200-450MHz) and a high number of antennas (50-100) will improve the ability to selectively heat the tumor. A small energy focus combined with focus scanning technology, will pave the way to apply high intensity focused RF heating enabling preferential tumor heating with low dependence on the differential blood perfusion between tumor and normal tissue. Realization of such a system requires innovative approaches enabling controlled and easy to apply delivery of a controlled high quality heat treatment with minimal human interfacing in other to achieve widespread application.

Topic List
  • Coherent arrays of thin, high density RF-applicators; flexible technology
  • Solving cross coupling between antennas
  • Automatic, fast, patient-specific hyperthermia treatment-planning platform
  • Enhanced MR temperature measuring technolog
  • Low cost sensors (temperature and E-field)
  • Feedback loop technology (sensors, control algorithms)
  • Low cost amplifier systems

Keynote lectures (preliminary)

  • Thermal dose challenges for the 2020 hyperthermia system (Prof. Mark Dewhirst)
  • Solutions for high density antenna arrays (TBD)
  • Hyperthermia treatment planning platform (Dr. Esra Neufeld)
  • Towards target conformal RF-hyperthermia: clinical perspective (Dr. Maarten Paulides)

Please register by contacting COST EMF-MED 

  • The abstracts (max. 2 pages) must be submitted to COST EMF-MED by May 31st, 2015
  • The abstract template can be downloaded from the COST EMF-MED website
  • The authors will be informed about the abstract acceptance by June 4th, 2015
  • Attendance to the workshop is free of charge (except for meals)
  • To obtain the reimbursement rules for COST members, please contact COST EMF-MED 
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