University of Florida Radiation Oncologists Present Latest Research at the 2018 ASTRO Meeting

Published: July 31st, 2018

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2018 ASTRO Meeting in San AntonioThe American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) will conduct its 60th Annual Meeting, the world’s largest scientific meeting in radiation oncology, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, October 18-24, 2018.

The theme of this year’s event is “Translating Discovery to Cure.” The meeting is expected to be attended by some 11,000 international radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, radiation oncology nurses and nurse practitioners, biologists, physician assistants, practice administrators, industry representatives and other health care professionals.

Researchers will present abstracts on advances in clinical care for cancer patients. Panels and case discussions will also be offered.

In addition, the University of Florida Department of Radiation Oncology will host its annual ASTRO Alumni and Friends Reception (invitation only) on Monday, October 22, 7-9 p.m., in the Bowie Rooms of the event’s host hotel, the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.



10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Location: Innovation Hub, Exhibit Hall 3

  • “Challenging the Requirement to Treat the Contralateral Neck with >4 -Mm Tumor Thickness in Patients Receiving Postoperative Radiation Therapy for Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Tongue or Floor of Mouth,” and “Radiation Therapy for Adult Soft Tissue Sarcomas of the Head and Neck,” Poster Viewing Q&As with Lillie O’steen, MD.
  • “Trends in Insurance Coverage of Proton Therapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma Involving the Thorax,” Poster Viewing Q&A with Sommer Nurkic, MD, MPH.
  • “Radiation Therapy for True Vocal Cord Carcinoma in Situ: A 55 Year Single-Institution Experience,” Poster Viewing Q&A with Catherine Mercado, MD.
  • “Radiation Treatment for Ewing Sarcoma Family of Tumors in Adult Patients: A Single Institution’s Experience over 4 Decades,” Poster Viewing Q&A with Shivam Kharod, MD.
  • “Survival Following Definitive Surgery or Radiation Therapy for Locally Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx: An Analysis of the National Cancer Database,” Poster Viewing Q&A with James Bates, MD.


11:55 AM – 12:05 PM

Location: Room 008

  • “Modeling Radiation Therapy-Related Risk of Heart Failure in Survivors of Pediatric Malignancy: Early Results from the Pediatric Normal Tissue Effects in the Clinic (PENTEC) Group,” with James Bates, MD.


7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Bowie Rooms, Grand Hyatt San Antonio (adjacent to the Convention Center)

  • The University of Florida College of Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology annual ASTRO Alumni and Friends Reception



1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Location: Innovation Hub, Exhibit Hall 3

  • “Disparities in Patterns-of-Care for Uninsured Versus Insured Patients with Anorectal Carcinoma Referred for Radiation Therapy at an Urban Safety Net Hospital,” Poster Viewing Q&A with Catherine Mercado, MD.
  • “Long-Term Tumor Control with Radiation Therapy for Symptomatic Spine Hemangioma,” Poster Viewing Q&A with Akash Parekh, MD.
  • “Early Outcomes in Patients with Ewing Sarcoma of Pelvis and Lumbosacral Spine Treated with Proton Therapy Poster Viewing Q&A with Haruka Uezono, MD.


1:10 PM – 1:20 PM

Location: Room 004

  • “The Relationship of Mean Heart Dose and Cardiac Substructure Dose over Evolving Radiation Techniques in Mediastinal Lymphoma,” with Bradford Hoppe, MD, MPH.


2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Location: Innovation Hub, Exhibit Hall 3

  • “Lung Oligometastases Treated with Stereotactic Ablative Radiation Therapy: Dosimetric Outcomes,” Poster Q&A with James Bates, MD.


For more information about the 2018 ASTRO meeting, visit