[National meetings for complex cases in pediatric radiation oncology: Back on six years experience]

Bull Cancer. 2022 Nov;109(11):1177-1184. doi: 10.1016/j.bulcan.2022.04.011. Epub 2022 Aug 6.
[Article in French]


Introduction: Pediatric cancers are rare, representing almost 2,500 new cases each year in France meaning 1% of all cancers. Since 2012, a twice-monthly national web-based conference was held in France. Any patient with a pediatric type cancer requiring radiotherapy can be discussed. It aims at answering the physician with specific radiation therapy questions on rare and complex indications, at promoting the use of referential and the inclusion into clinical protocols.

Results: From 2012 to 2018, 1,078 cases were discussed for 940 patients in 142 meetings. Mean age was 10 years old (4 months to 45 years). The mean number of attendants was 6 (2 to 32). We review in this paper the main clinical features discussed in the web-conference and the decision of the web-conference. In 85% cases, the first treatment proposed was mostly accepted, but in 15%, other proposals were done (modifications of target volumes, doses or indications).

Conclusions: Between 2012 and 2018, more than 1,000 pediatric irradiation cases were discussed in our web-based conference leading to 15% of change in radiation protocol. The rarity and the complexity of these situations need those meetings. They provide a place to improve the global knowledge and the quality of the treatments provided.

Keywords: Cancer; Collegial; Collégial; Pediatric; Pédiatrie; Radiation therapy; Radiothérapie.

Publication types

  • Review
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • France
  • Humans
  • Medical Oncology
  • Neoplasms* / radiotherapy
  • Radiation Oncology*