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2/2020
vol. 12
 
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Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

Adam Chicheł

Online publish date: 2020/04/30
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Dear Colleagues, Friends, and COVID-19 Defenders,
As I have ended my last letter hoping that the well-known virus would not impede our plans, it did, unfortunately. The whole oncological health system, including brachytherapy, had to revise the habits and comfort of cancer treatment. Globally, that there are plenty of positive examples of fighting the cancer in this difficult time, applying additional sensibility to proper patients and staff safety principles.
At this point, I would like to refer to the Letter-to-Editor by Antonio Pellizzon (Brazil) on “Public health measures, radiotherapy, and the novel coronavirus outbreak”, which presents a very current view at the ongoing pandemic. Our correspondent emphasizes that oncologists should determine patients according to the risk of disease progression and coronavirus exposure as well as to ensure to reduce distress in patients receiving radiotherapy during the pandemic. These are the statements, which I certainly agree with. Referring to the above, I would like to inform you about a change in the JCB Editorial Board. On this occasion, Marek Kanikowski previously acting as the Supporting Editor, decided to change his affiliation and terminated his JCB activities with the end of April. Dr Kanikowski, I would like to cordially thank you for your contribution to the Journal, wishing further successful career. Therefore, from May on, I would like to hand over this task to a dedicated Grzegorz Zwierzchowski, MSc, PhD, who will spread his umbrella of care especially over the articles related to medical physics in brachytherapy. Gregory, I wish you perseverance, creativity, and deadly effectiveness in screening the grain from the chaff. Good luck!
Now, it is my pleasure to present the second issue of the “Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy” this year. The JCB 2/2020 opens with Valentina Lancellotta’s et al. SKIN-COBRA ontology project, which is designed to define a specific terminological system to standardize data collection for non-melanoma skin cancer patients treated with brachytherapy. A fantastic Italian group, along with European colleagues, aim to produce high-quality evidence to support multidisciplinary management of non-melanoma skin cancer and help to use this information for personalized treatment decisions. I hope and wish the study to succeed.
The current issue contains as many as seven articles related to gynecological malignancies. The first three...


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