The ESTRO-SEAROG Teaching Course on Palliative Care and Radiotherapy in collaboration with the Philippine Radiation Oncology Society (PROS) was held on March 26-28, 2019 at Novotel Manila Araneta Center. This was the third course in Manila following Image-Guided Brachytherapy for Gynecological Cancer in 2009 and Advanced Treatment Planning in 2015.

A total of 237 participants attended with 125 radiation oncologists, 52 medical physicists, 31 RTTs, 13 nurses and 16 international delegates. Majority of them were from Indonesia (10), two from Singapore and one each from Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and South Africa.

Dr. Dennis Doromal, the immediate PROS past president, led the Philippine National Anthem and Invocation followed by his opening remarks. Dr. Peter Hoskin of Mount Vernon Hospital in UK, the course director, welcomed the delegates and gave the first lecture followed by his co-course director in the person of Dr. Yvette van der Linden. The succeeding lectures were given by Dr. Johan Menten and Dr. Joanna Kazmierska, while the last was given by a local speaker, Dr. Cicero Matthew Habito, an Interventional Radiologist. The first day session was capped off with interactive case discussions wherein the participants were divided into three groups.

Day 2 started with lectures by Dr. Nicolaus Andratschke and again by Dr. Hoskin followed by another breakout sessions. The afternoon session had Dr. van der Linden and Dr. Andratschke’s lectures followed by a group case discussion focusing on re-irradiation and potential role of brachytherapy.

Fellowship night was held after Day 2 session with a “Fiesta” theme wherein residents from eight (8) training hospitals represented different tribal groups in the Philippines by wearing costumes. Both faculty and some participants enjoyed the Filipino food spread and live music band.

Day 3 had a few more lectures by Dr. Hoskin’s and Dr. Kazmierska’s on thoracic site. Dr. van der Linden thereafter talked about the Practical Application, Logistics and Research Data in Palliation followed by Dr. Menten’s discussion on Care of the Dying and Euthanasia. Two local speakers were invited to discuss Orthopedic Management and Operative Interventions for Metastatic Bone Disease by Dr. Rafael Bundoc and Optimizing Quality Life after Palliative Radiotherapy Through Integration of Palliative Care in Different Settings by Dr. Maria Fidelis Manalo.

Dr. Hoskin closed the convention with a concise summary of palliative management.