The MUHC’s radiation oncology department recognized at the annual conference of the Quebec Cancerology Program

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Radiation Oncology of the Cedars Cancer Center of the MUHC has received an award. 2021 Cancer Prize.

At the annual conference ‘Together, in a network, to beat cancer’ of the Program québécois de cancérologie held on November 18 and 25, 2021, the presentation entitled ‘Hypofraction for better care’ has been selected for a 2021 Pricecancerology. The presentation was made by Christian Boisvert-Huneault, Radiation Oncology Technologist and Head of the Radiation Oncology Department, Dr Fabio Cury, Radiation Oncologist, Dr Sergio Faria, Radiation Oncologist, Dr Carolyn Freeman, Radiation Oncologist, Dr Tarek Hijal, radiation oncologist and director of the radiation oncology division, and William Parker, medical physicist and head of medical physics.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as workforce shortages in the healthcare system, the team is trying to find safe and efficient ways to treat patients within accepted timeframes, while reducing the number of visits required to the radiation oncology department. The project has shown that a careful implementation of hypofractionation, i.e. a radiotherapy treatment regimen in which larger doses are used less frequently and therefore require fewer treatments, makes it possible to maintain the service. while reducing the use of human and technical resources. For example, a radiotherapy treatment of the prostate spread over twenty sessions administered each day has been reduced to five sessions.

In the short term, this will allow the health network to cope with the wave of cancer diagnoses, patients and post-COVID treatments, while controlling costs. Hypofractionation has reduced the frequency of physical presence in our department, and we have not seen any outbreaks of COVID-19 in our patients or staff. The team’s publication of several scientific articles on the subject in the most prestigious radiation oncology journals, confirms the international influence of this project.

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