Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Radiotherapy Science: Head and Neck Region, Endocrine, Haemopoietic and Lymphoreticular Systems

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Radiography

DESCRIPTION This study-unit aims to cover the principles of radiotherapy for pathologies arising in the Endocrine, Haemopoietic, Lymphoreticular Systems and from the Head and Neck region.

Epidemiology, etiology, pathology and treatment options are discussed, followed by radiotherapy treatment aspects: radiotherapy modalities, imaging for planing, radiotherapy treatment planing, delivery of treatment and patient care.

Imaging of the endocrine system is also covered in this study-unit.

The specific considerations to treat pediatric patients with radiotherapy are also discussed in this study-unit.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to develop student's knowledge of the different aspects to be considered when using radiotherapy to treat patients with pathologies arising from the Endocrine, Haemopoietic, Lymphoreticular and Central Nervous Systems and from the Head and Neck regions. This study-unit aims to equip the student with the knowledge, skills and competences necessary to provide patients with the best care and to achieve the best possible treatment outcome.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Distinguish between common and rare pathologies related to the Endocrine, Haemopoietic, and Lymphoreticular Systems as well as the head and neck regions;
- Identify the risk factors for the different pathologies;
- Describe and critically analyse the origin, prognostic factors and natural evolution (invasion and spreading) of each disease;
- Identify the modalities used for imaging of the endocrine system;
- Describe the imaging procedures in imaging the endocrine system;
- Identify the imaging modalities used for radiotherapy planning for the different pathologies;
- Evaluate and critically analyse the various immobilisation and patient setup methods used to treat these pathologies;
- Describe the target and organs at risk (OAR's) for the different pathologies and anatomical regions; and
- Describe, evaluate and critically analyse the various radiotherapy techniques used to treat these pathologies, including delivery mode and imaging verification.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Establish the most appropriate Radiotherapy treatment for a patient with a pathology arising from the Endocrine, Haemopoietic, Lymphoreticular and Central Nervous Systems and from the Head and Neck region; and
- Justify the choice of treatment modalities depending on the characteristics of the patient and the disease.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- PR Symonds, JA Mills, A Duxbury (2019). Walter and Miller's Textbook of Radiotherapy: Radiation Physics, Therapy and Oncology 8th Edition. Elsevier
- Beyzadeoglu, M., Ozyigit, G., & Ebruli, C. (2010). Basic Radiation Oncology. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

This list is not exhaustive. Students may also wish to use radiotherapy / oncology based journals and radiotherapy equipment journals / information.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Case Study (Take Home) SEM2 Yes 40%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Monique Angele Abela
Karen Borg Grima
Jose Guilherme Couto (Co-ord.)
Angele Cuschieri
Nathalie Galea
Susan Mercieca
Gerbert Van Dijk

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