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Beatson Boot Camp

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Cancer & Learning Disabilities 
Thursday August 31st 2017 £49.00 
Beatson Staff/Students £10.00


This one day course aims to educate health and social care professionals about the needs of people with learning disabilities and cancer. 

The day will include patient, carer & professional viewpoints in our "Sofa Session" which is about really good creative practice. 

Our "Couch Potato" workshop will demonstrate how NOT to do things and we will also feature an interactive theatre workshop. Delegates will also have the opportunity to receive our hot off the press "Top 10 Tips" customised booklet. This is a take-away resource that will allow you to continually promote change, offer practical solutions and impact positively on your current practice with this complex patient group. 

We have a unique and varied programme, which is very kindly funded by the Beatson Cancer Charity.

Beatson Brain Bootcamp

Beatson Brain Bootcamp

Radiotherapy for Brain Tumours: 
Technology, Toxicity and Treatment

Thursday 23 November 2017, £49.00

Beatson Staff/Students £10.00

This one day course is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary study day organised by neuro-oncology professionals and patient representatives from across Scotland and the UK. We have put together a unique and varied programme which is supported by Beatson Cancer Charity. The topics to be discussed include:
Overview of the role of radiotherapy in the treatment of brain tumours, including:
•  Fractionated radiotherapy including IMRT, VMAT and protons
•  Stereotactic radiotherapy
•  Planning, delivering and quality assuring radiotherapy for brain tumours
•  Imaging, immobilisation, target delineation, verification

Overview of the acute, sub-acute and late side-effects of radiotherapy to the brain, including:
•  Clinical features, risk factors
•  Mechanisms responsible for radiation induced brain injury
•  Molecular pathways, imaging appearances, opportunities to reduce damage

Effects of radiotherapy on cognition and capacity of brain tumour patients, including:
•  Fatigue after brain radiotherapy

Opportunities to improve outcomes for brain tumour patients, including:
•  Neuro-rehabilitation
•  Maximising cognitive capacity after radiotherapy
•  Neuropsychological interventions after radiotherapy

This event is open to all. You can sign up by clicking here <insert link when ready>. We look forward to seeing you there.

Education Courses

Professional Education courses provide staff with the opportunity to learn key skills required when working within the cancer sector.

Staff Teaching Session

Friday Teaching Session:


Lecture Theatre: ED013
Education Suite, Level 0




These online discussions are available to all participants registered to e-ESO Online Educational Resources. Registration is Free at

e-grandrounds are CME accredited and participants can ask questions during the live session!

The next live sessions are available from:

We would like to remind you that as well as the weekly e-Grandrounds you can also view e-Oncoreviews on the 1st Tuesday of each month (18.15 - 19.00 CEST).

We hope that you will enjoy these services and active participation

Please note that past sessions are still available to view online

Past Events

Beatson Boot Camp - Our Cancer & Addiction day was a great success with free places to all Beatson staff generously funded by the Beatson Cancer Charity (Band 7 and below).  I am very proud to say that no-one from the Beatson who requested a place was refused and our next venture will be free to all Beatson staff regardless of grade.

Lorraine Whyte

Cancer Care - The Holistic Approach

A Study Day for Healthcare Professionals
Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Friday 14th October 2016
09.00 – 17.00


Cost: £49.00
Beatson Staff & Beatson/QMU Students only: £10.00

Patient wellbeing, compassionate care and the holistic approach to healthcare are becoming increasingly important to cancer patients and the Health Care Professionals who work with them. The Beatson Cancer Charity are hugely supportive and heavily involved in this growing area of patient care and invite you to their one day conference on all things holistic.  This day is aimed at healthcare professionals, students and those from the third sector working with cancer patients.  The conference aims to educate, inform and provide delegates with the necessary skills and knowledge base to support the "whole" patient.
Topics Include: Complementary Therapies, Specialist Health & Work Service, Diet & Exercise, The Patient Perspective, Relationships and End of life Approaches to Complementary Care.
Confirmed Speakers 

Dr Peter A Mackereth PhD MA Dip (N) London RNT RGN 

Peter is a registered nurse, and has worked in intensive care, neurology and oncology.   He has also worked as a Nurse Lecturer and Reader within the University setting. Peter has an MA in Medical Ethics and has completed a PhD project examining reflexology vs. relaxation training for people with MS.  He has trained in acupuncture, hypnotherapy, body psychotherapy, massage and reflexology. Peter has authored a number of papers and books and speaks nationally and internationally on complementary therapies, cancer care and smoking cessation. For the last 15 years Peter has led the Complementary Health & Wellbeing Team at The Christie in Manchester.  Recent and on-going studies including assisting with needle anxiety and phobia, fatigue, smoking cessation, peripheral neuropathy and insomnia.
Dr Jacob Jacobson

Dr Jacobson researched sexuality and applied psychoanalysis for his doctorate and was awarded magna cum laude by the Freie Universität Berlin. He has diplomas in psychosexual therapy and relationship counselling. For over thirty years he has been delivering workshops and lectures for various organisations throughout the world. He works in a non-judgmental way and is committed to making counselling as comfortable as possible for the client.

Dr Jacobson belongs to many professional organisations and is a full member of the Society of Expert Witnesses, a member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, and is the Founder Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC).
Please e-mail Lorraine Whyte to book a place
Lorraine Whyte
Beatson Cancer Charity
Practice Education Radiographer
Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre
1053 Great Western Road
G12 0YN
0141 301 7422


Radiotherapy Research Day

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 Friday, May 13, 2016,

Kelvin Suite, Pond Hotel, Glasgow


ONLY £10 to Beatson Staff and GCU Radiotherapy Students

This study day is aimed at radiographers from both diagnostic and therapeutic disciplines but is also suitable for all interested healthcare professionals &  researchers (both quantitative and qualitative). The day will cover many topics including:


Barriers & Facilitators to Participation in Research

Beatson Cancer Charity – Our Contribution to Research @ The Beatson

Special Guest: Sheila Hassan, President of The Society of Radiographers


Dr Rachel Harris, Professional & Education Manager, The Society & College of Radiographers
 - ‘Counting on Quality’ – an insight into the role of qualitative research in radiotherapy

Dr Sonyia McFadden, Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography,  Ulster University, Belfast, International Society of Radiographers & Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) Dosewise Radiographer of the Year 2014 
- DNA damage & Radiation

Lynne Omar, Research Radiographer, Cancel Cancer Africa 
- "An African Experience" – Delivering a Healthcare Intervention

Dr Noelle O’Rourke, Consultant Clinical Oncologist 
- SYSTEMS-2 Trial

Aileen Duffton, Lead Research & Development Radiographer, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre 
- Radiographer Led Research

Dr Ross Carruthers, Consultant Oncologist 
Radiotherapy Resistance in Tumours

Barry Caldwell, Clinical Trials Radiographer, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre 
- "Surveying the scene - Research awareness, attitudes and barriers amongst clinical staff at the BWoSCC"

Karen Moore, Consultant Radiographer, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre 
- New service? You'll need evidence!

Dr Abdulla Alhasso, Consultant Clinical Oncologist 
- Breast Trials

Lorraine Webster, Information and Support Radiographer & Counsellor, College of Radiographers Industry Partnership Scheme 
- Research Grants (CORIPS) Update

Nicola Redgwell, Head of Radiotherapy, Aberdeen 
- Workforce and skill mix, assistant practitioners in Radiotherapy

Gareth Hill, Practice Placement Coordinator and Lecturer in Therapeutic Radiography Queen Margaret University 
- Sexual minority experiences of cancer care: A systematic review


Lorraine Whyte
Beatson Cancer Charity
Practice Education Radiographer
Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre
1053 Great Western Road
G12 0YN
0141 301 7287



Beyond Cancer - Living with an Induced Menopause

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A Study Day for Healthcare Professionals
Tuesday 9th February 2016, 09.00 – 16.30, £95.00
200 SVS, 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow

Dr Keith J.M. Spowart, Consultant Gynaecologist, QEUH, Glasgow
Professor Nicholas Reed, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre

Beatson Cancer Charity - David Welch
Welcome & Introduction - Kathy Abernethy
Impact of Early Menopause after Cancer - Elaine Stephens
Beyond BRCA: Preparing Women for Menopause - Kathy Abernethy
A GP’s Experience - Dr Francesca Gray
HRT after Gynaecological Cancer - Dr Keith Spowart
Let's Talk about Sex & Early Menopause - Dr Jacob Jacobson
Alternatives to HRT: The Good, the Bad & the Evidence Based 
          - Kathy Abernethy
The Way Ahead

Lorraine Whyte
Beatson Cancer Charity
Practice Education Radiographer
0141 301 7287

The Imaging Toolkit for Cancer Staging, Treatment and Response

Monday 17 February 2014

10.00 – 16.00

Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre
Education Suite, ED013, Level 0

to register for the 1 day course email

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan believes that no one should face cancer alone and have developed a range of services in Glasgow to ensure nobody does.

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Malignant Spinal Cord Compression Conference

Malignant Spinal Cord Compression, 4th November 2011. 

The event was open to anyone interested. There was no cost for the event as it was funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

  •  Malignant Spinal Cord Compression Programme
  • Friday 20th May 2011

    The UK Management of Testes Cancer Meeting including updated SIGN guidelines

    Friday 20th May 2011
    The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research
    Garscube Estate,
    Switchback Road,
    Glasgow G61 1BD

    26th August 2010

    Cancer Care & Self Management Support
    Beardmore Conference Centre, Clydebank G81 4SA

    This conference will provide participants (clinicians, nurses, AHPs, patient group
    representatives) an opportunity to appreciate the importance of health literacy
    contextualised in approaches to supported self-management.
    Programme content in the morning and early afternoon is essentially generic and
    not exclusive to cancer care.

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    Cancer Research: How Do We Justify All This? - June 18th 2010

    4th Annual International Symposium
    Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre
    Cancer Research: How Do We Justify All This?

    Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow
    June 18th 2010

    Word Doc - Programme List  Download
    Word Doc - Registration Form Download

    eGrandRound online

    PARP-inhibitors in radiation oncology: A potential new treatment combination?
    e-grandround GR158 - 04 Aug 2011
    Expert: Anthony Chalmers, Beatson Institute for Cancer Research , Glasgow, UK

    Anal cancer: New thought versus old paradigms  CME accredited 
    eGrandRound52 - 11 June 2009 
    Discussant: Dr Alec McDonald, The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, 
    Glasgow, United Kingdom

    These sessions were recorded. Sessions from the past year are available to watch online at


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