Therapist at Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre wins regional Monaco plan challenge

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Competition held at Elekta Australasian User Meeting

At the 2017 Elekta Australasian User Meeting (Newcastle, New South Wales, Nov. 10-12), Charge Radiation Therapist Karen Daly – of Olivia Newton-John (ONJ) Cancer Wellness & Research Centre’s Austin Health Radiation Oncology (Melbourne) – won the region’s first ever Monaco Plan Challenge, hosted by Elekta’s ANZ treatment planning team.

“The plan criteria was a complex pelvis plan with nodes,” says Shaun Seery, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific. “Within the case there were a number of competing goals, overlapping structures and complex geometries that made this a great challenge for our customers.”

Submissions were open for a month before the user meeting where customers could submit their plan and aim for a top score of 150 if all criteria were met. The case was discussed in depth at a pre-meeting workshop – coordinated by the Elekta ANZ treatment planning team – that noted all areas of difficulty within the plan.

The workshop provided an opportunity to give competitors advanced tips and tricks to assist in their clinical work and future plan competitions.
– Sean Seery

ONJ’s Karen Daly comes out on top

The winning submission by Karen Daly from ONJ’s Cancer Wellness & Research Centre was planned on a Versa HD™ system, an Elekta linac equipped with the advanced Agility multi-leaf collimator.

“Monaco can fully utilize the superior functionality of Versa HD, particularly the high-speed Agility MLC, which helps operators deliver highly modulated plans efficiently and effectively,” Seery adds.

“I really enjoyed the Monaco Plan Challenge,” Daly says. “It definitely promoted healthy competition within the department. I found that a simple prescription that balanced out the areas of conflict worked the best. I certainly would like to do more of these. They’re challenging and a good motivator to improve my planning skills.”

Long-time partnership

Austin Health Radiation Oncology has a long and fruitful relationship with Elekta in Australia, according to Josh Rudolph, Elekta Account Manager South/Western Australia.

Congratulations to Karen Daly (left), winner of the Monaco plan challenge.

“Austin Health patients at ONJ receive exceptional care with a focus on wellness,” Rudolph says. “Austin showcases state-of-the-art application of numerous Elekta clinical systems. The ONJ Centre has Versa HD™ and Infinity linacs along with Monaco® treatment planning system, MOSAIQ® Oncology Information System, Active Breathing Coordinator™, BodyFIX®, cone beam CT and intra-fraction imaging management.

“The battle against cancer cannot be waged without ensuring the team stays abreast of all advances in clinical practice and the application of dedicated Elekta equipment and software,” he adds. “Austin Health is proud to be awarded the highest accolade for treatment planning system utilization with their success in the Monaco Plan Challenge, further enhanced by the best paper/presentation at the 2017 Elekta Australasian User Meeting. Through its collaboration with Elekta, Austin Health continues to provide great cancer care and outcomes.”

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