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vol. 11

Letter from the President Elect
Polish Brachytherapy Society – Presidential opening

Piotr Wojcieszek

Online publish date: 2019/10/30
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Dear Friends, Colleagues, Readers,

I have been elected as president of the Polish Brachytherapy Society (PBS). It is a great honour for me to continue the work of the late Professor Janusz Skowronek. He seemed to be indispensable and invincible in his quest to establish the role of brachytherapy, especially in modern Polish oncology. He conceived the idea and founded the “Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy”. He also established the Polish Brachytherapy Society, which he supervised until his sudden death.
Personally and professionally, I am a 39-year-old radiation oncologist, but you can call me a brachytherapy aficionado. I work in Maria Skłodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology (Gliwice, Poland). After five years of work in the Radiotherapy Department, I moved to the Brachytherapy Department. I earned my PhD degree (Schwannoma Radiosurgery) in 2013. In 2017 I became head of the Brachytherapy Department. My main fields of interest are prostate cancer, skin cancer and head and neck tumours. I have a great interest in fraction doses beyond the linear-quadratic model.
Common Polish people are not in a good situation in terms of cancer treatment. According to a report presented by the Polish Supreme Chamber of Control (the highest audit institution in Poland), there are one hundred thousand cancer deaths annually [1]. Cancer mortality is the third highest in the European Union, while cancer morbidity is well below average. Availability of modern cancer treatment is slowly improving, but treatment outcomes are still suboptimal.
The Polish Brachytherapy Society must work hard for substantial change. Data show that brachytherapy is critical to treat many cancers successfully [2,3,4,5,6,7]. We need clear recommendations on how to treat with all brachytherapy techniques and schedules. There are centres which are well equipped with clear protocols, a wide range of procedures and scientific roots. However, there are centres where enthusiastic, often young physicians, physicists and other staff struggle to treat patients with brachytherapy. We have to team up to have national protocols, like our friends from India [8]. We have to do our jobs in GEC ESTRO. We have to analyze, write and share our research. We have to teach each other and learn from each other.
There are several societies worldwide which keep brachytherapy vibrant and modern. In my opinion, we should gather together for better clinical...

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