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You are invited to attend our Tutorial!


Heat-based techniques for cancer removal: a journey through state-of-the-art, research and clinical application

organized by: Paola Saccomandi, Emiliano Schena

invited speakers:

Somayeh Asadi, Postdoctoral Researcher @ POLIMI,
Christian Schuman, Researcher @ Fraunhofer MEVIS,
Giuseppe Quero, MD @ Policlinico Agostino Gemelli.

This tutorial will focus on cutting-edge research topics in thermal treatments of cancer. Minimally invasive thermal treatments have gained acceptance for clinical application in cancer removal. Laser, Microwave, Radiofrequency, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound allow inducing localized temperature increase into the tumor target, and findings from the medical community to the engineering field improve the procedures day-by-day. 

The main research directions devoted to solutions aiming at the design of a more selective and safe procedure. This tutorial will expand on the main pillars for successful therapy, considering: i)  the techniques used for continuously monitor tissue temperature to have a clear end point for a complete removal of tumor spearing the surrounding healthy tissue, ii) the use of hyperthermal treatment planning tools to predict the effects of the thermal treatment via mathematical model, and to perform patient-specific treatment, and iii) new frontiers methods for improving the treatment selectivity. An outlook to the clinical application of these heat-based techniques will conclude the tutorial. The attendees will gain key insights and understandings about the main solutions for improving thermal treatments for applications in oncology, from the preliminary research to the clinical perspective.