Educational Objectives

Anyone can attend a masterclass – we will upload forthcoming masterclass information with application forms which you should complete and return to the appropriate hospital.
  • Wilms

    1. Comprehend the current SIOP, UK and COG protocols and survival rates for the treatment of Wilms tumours
    2. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of the various treatment options of Wilms tumours
    3. Define and name the concepts of Wilms tumours
    4. Understand the similarities and differences between SIOP, COG and CLLG protocols and survival rates for Wilms Tumours.
  • Neuroblastoma

    1. Understand the pathological, biochemical and biological basis of diagnosis and risk categorisation
    2. Understand INRGSS and IDFR
    3. Medical and surgical treatment options and the benefit of each, understand the role of surgery
    4. Understand and apply the guidelines of the current SIOP protocols.
  • Soft tissue sarcomas (rms and non rms)

    Soft tissue sarcomas (rms and non rms)
    1. Understand the diagnostic criteria, staging and risk stratification
    2. Understand basis of surgical treatment
    3. Radical surgery ‐ conservative surgery—rehabilitative surgery
    4. Understand the basis of the need for lymph node biopsies at various primary sites
    5. Consequences of conservative surgery for example: Urinary bladder conservation long term results Limb conservation vis á vis survival rates.


  • Principles of chemotherapy

    Principles of chemotherapy
    1. Various classes of chemotherapeutic drugs, their origin, pharmacokinetics and excretion
    2. Common and specific side effects
    3. Ways to decrease side effects
    4. Long term effects and second malignancies.
  • Germ cell tumours

    Germ cell tumours
    1. Basis of origin of GCT
    2. Role of tumour markers in diagnosis and follow up
    3. Staging of GCT – gonadal (testicular and ovarian) extragonadal (sacrococcygeal, mediastinal, retroperitineal)
    4. Role of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, indications thereof
    5. Extent of surgical resection, approaches, lymph node biopsies etc.
  • Liver tumours

    Liver tumours
    1. Understanding basis of diagnosis and tumour markers
    2. Radiological interpretation of CT scans
    3. PRETEXT staging system and risk categorisation
    4. Understanding the surgical anatomy of liver and basis of anatomical resections
    5. Indications and outcomes of liver transplantation in liver tumours
  • Thoracic tumours

    Thoracic tumours
    1. Various differential diagnosis
    2. According to age
    3. Location of tumours
    4. Methods of obtaining biopsy specimen
    5. Approaches to surgical resection
    6. Open vs thoracoscopic surgical approaches.


  • Statistics; trials and new strategies

    Statistics;  trials and new strategies
    1. To understand the various terms used, eg overall survival, event free survival, disease free survival
    2. To understand various outcome parameters (Kaplan Meir curves) and relative risk evaluation
    3. To understand trials and new strategies
  • Chest wall tumours

    Chest wall tumours
    1. Various pathologies and presentation
    2. Methods of surgical resection
    3. Role of neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy
    4. Chest wall reconstruction
    5. Role of and the need for later corrective surgery – for example scoliosis, breast reconstruction etc.
  • Endocrine tumours/rare

    Endocrine tumours/rare
    1. Understanding the biology of endocrine tumours, including genetic (MEN I, MEN II, neurofibromatosis etc)
    2. The basis of various hormonal assays for different tumours, eg adrenocortical tumours, pheochromocytoma, parathyroid tumours, pancreatic tumours (nesidioblastosis/insulinoma)
    3. Extend of surgical resection required
    4. Hormonal replacement therapy when required.
  • Principles of radiation therapy

    Principles of radiation therapy
    1. Understanding the role of Radiotherapy in solid tumours
    2. Basic type of radiotherapy, their effect of tissues (both tumour tissue and nor mal tissues)
    3. Understanding various terms like total dose, dose fractions, effective total doses etc
    4. Role of surgery to reduce toxicity of radiotherapy
    5. Acute and long term effects
    6. Bracytherapy – understanding basis and techniques.
  • Pain management

    Pain management
    1. Understanding basis of pain management and need for it
    2. Various drugs and routes of administration
    3. Pain management: During biopsies, surgical resections, venous line insertions
    4. Terminal care and home pain management of such patients.


Frequently asked questions


How can I attend a masterclass?

Anyone can attend a masterclass – we will upload forthcoming masterclass information with application forms which you should complete and return to the appropriate hospital.


Do you have any discounted rates?

The local organisers occasionally get scholarships to help candidates and they should make enquiries locally.