First Amsterdam Brachy College, January 19 – 20, 2018


Twenty highly motivated Radiation Oncology residents and junior staff members. Fifteen different hospitals. Eight different countries. Five equally motivated and experienced teachers. One and a half day.

These numbers reflect the very first Amsterdam Brachy College held in the AMC Hospital. Indeed, in Amsterdam. The objective for this meeting was to ‘expose’ residents and junior staff in Radiation Oncology to the basics of Brachytherapy. Generally during their traineeship they have a first but often too small a glimpse of what Brachytherapy really contributes to cancer patient’s health.

In the one and a half day Amsterdam Brachy College the major indications for Brachytherapy, the basics of Brachy physics in general as well as the important contribution of high quality imaging were presented and discussed. From a non-clinical perspective, how can the Brachy community increase the awareness of Brachytherapy at the general public and their surgical peers was presented. Immediately followed by three different, practical, clinical cases: cervical cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer.

But maybe the most interesting sessions on the agenda for the twenty participants were the hands-on applicator workshop and the practical exercise on dose calculation.

It was great to see the participants from so many different countries sharing their own experience with their peers and starting to build a network of and for future Brachytherapy. And with an average score of 8.7 on a scale of 1 – 10 the participants clearly expressed their appreciation for the course!

In summary, an investment of one and a half day seemed time and energy well spent by twenty young (future) Brachytherapy Radiation Oncologist.

By the way, the 2nd Amsterdam Brachy College is foreseen to be organized the third or fourth Friday and Saturday in January 2019.  In case you want to be informed once the date is confirmed, just send an email to: or check regularly for more info!