Education and training for image-guided adaptive brachytherapy for cervix cancer-The (GEC)-ESTRO/EMBRACE perspective
Image-guided adaptive brachytherapy (IGABT) has been shown to improve local/regional control and survival for cervix cancer patients while reducing morbidity. However, the technique is complex involving several conceptual, methodological, and technical innovations compared to conventional brachytherapy. The delivery of high-quality IGABT which will translate into improved outcomes is therefore critically dependent on effective education and training of all health professionals involved in the brachytherapy treatment process. This paper reviews the (GEC)-ESTRO/EMBRACE initiatives for education and training to promote the dissemination and implementation of IGABT for cervix cancer worldwide. The new skills required in different health professionals for successful implementation of IGABT are described. The achievements and challenges of current educational strategies for disseminating IGABT are discussed. Innovations to improve the effectiveness of current and future educational strategies are explored.