European Gamma Knife Society


Friday June 9, 2017

Symposium 15 years Gamma Knife Center Tilburg
“More than once...........”
From repeated to fractionated Gamma Knife Radiosurgery


On behalf of the Gamma Knife Center Tilburg, we have the honour to invite you to the Symposium that we organize to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Gamma Knife Center Tilburg. During the last 15 years we have seen an evolution in indications to be treated once or repeatedly with Gamma Knife Radiosurgery as well as a technical evolution with the introduction of the Gamma Knife Icon. The Gamma Knife Icon allows frameless fractionated Gamma Knife Radiosurgery widening the scope of potential indications but also introducing new questions. Hence, the title “More than once……“ From repeated to fractionated Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. Together with an outstanding international faculty we will address clinical and technical issues related to repeated and fractionated Gamma Knife Radiosurgery.

Guus Beute, Neurosurgeon, & Patrick Hanssens, Radiation-Oncologist

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The European Leksell Gamma Knife Society meeting 2016
was held in Hamburg from 25 to 27 November 2016

Dear friends and colleagues,

As usual, we’ll meet during the last weekend in November. We’ll arrange a social get-together late on Friday the 25/11, and the conference will take place on Saturday the 26/1  and on Sunday morning the 27/11. Further details will be sent out soon.

Two things will be 'new' : 1. The meeting will be extended into the Sunday morning and 2. Apart from some invited lectures, we would be enthusiastic if you could submit abstracts for oral presentations, which was not customary in previous European Gamma Knife meetings.

Frequently we are now facing the situation that radiosurgery is required for tumour recurrences or new tumours, after our patients had previously undergone fractionated radiotherapy. There are very few studies addressing the potentially increased (?) risk after the combined treatment. There are virtually no data concerning the situation that arises when a recurrence after previous radiosurgery has to be retreated.  Furthermore, stereotactic hypo-fractionation will be increasingly important in the near future but current protocols for stereotactic fractionation still appear to be almost randomly chosen. Please review your experience in these topics and share it with us. It would be fantastic if we could gather a number of abstracts and presentations covering these specific areas.

We need to learn from each other with the ultimate goal to find common strategies and to define dose/volume relations in neuro-radiosurgical re-treatments and hypo-fractionations. If you have something else (important) to say, present it.  We have started a European Gamma Knife Society Linkedin group in order to allow a more continuous discussion outside the meeting. You’ll be separately invited to join.

The European Leksell Gamma Knife Society meeting will take place high above the harbour with fantastic views over the city. Apart from the scientific impact, it has always been important to meet each other and to exchange views in a less formal environment. We admit that we have always also enjoyed the social aspects of the European Gamma Knife meetings. Hamburg will be no exception. It will be cold and rainy, the weather will be lousy, but there is an exciting city, the greatest harbour in the world and the Christmas market.

In these times, when neuro-radiosurgery experiences a rapidly increasing general acceptance, we need to maintain a strong representation of the Gamma Knife. A strong representation can only be achieved through active participation.

Please join us and make yourself heard.

Kindest regards,

Bodo Lippitz                    Enrico Motti
Host                              President ELGKS

About the Society

The concept of a European Society came up from a group of European Gamma Knife users in 1995. The idea was to create an independent forum reprensented by users of the technology.

The European Gamma Knife® Society was founded in 1998 as a forum for Gamma Knife clinicians, physicists and researchers to exchange information, experiences and clinical techniques, as well as clinical data on the use of Leksell Gamma Knife.