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Europe and ESTRO moving East. A story of betrayal and redemption—Candid observations by a privileged witness

Germaine Heeren
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2013.10.004
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2014;19(1):7-11.

open access

Vol 19, No 1 (2014)
Reviews
Published online: 2014-01-01
Submitted: 2013-04-10

Abstract

After briefly looking into the dramatic twist of history that caused Central- and Eastern Europe to be separated from the West, the author observes the impact of 40 years of cold war and isolation on the state of radiotherapy (RT) in Central Europe. From her privileged position as a staff member in charge of public relations and society development at the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO), she witnesses and helps drive the “rapprochement” between radiation oncology professionals from both sides of the former iron curtain. Thanks to substantial support from target tailored EU projects, ESTRO was in a position to give a powerful impulse to the re-integration of Central European RT in the mainstream of European health care. The author describes from her own and privileged perspective the excitement of discovering the rich heritage of a shared common past and expresses her concern that in the dynamic repositioning of Europe's point of gravity towards the East, the multiple but still fragile links between Central- and West European radiotherapy, tied within ESTRO, should not get dissolved in transition.

Abstract

After briefly looking into the dramatic twist of history that caused Central- and Eastern Europe to be separated from the West, the author observes the impact of 40 years of cold war and isolation on the state of radiotherapy (RT) in Central Europe. From her privileged position as a staff member in charge of public relations and society development at the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO), she witnesses and helps drive the “rapprochement” between radiation oncology professionals from both sides of the former iron curtain. Thanks to substantial support from target tailored EU projects, ESTRO was in a position to give a powerful impulse to the re-integration of Central European RT in the mainstream of European health care. The author describes from her own and privileged perspective the excitement of discovering the rich heritage of a shared common past and expresses her concern that in the dynamic repositioning of Europe's point of gravity towards the East, the multiple but still fragile links between Central- and West European radiotherapy, tied within ESTRO, should not get dissolved in transition.

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Keywords

East–West Collaboration; European Cooperation Programmes; The Yalta Conference

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Title

Europe and ESTRO moving East. A story of betrayal and redemption—Candid observations by a privileged witness

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 19, No 1 (2014)

Pages

7-11

Published online

2014-01-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2013.10.004

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2014;19(1):7-11.

Keywords

East–West Collaboration
European Cooperation Programmes
The Yalta Conference

Authors

Germaine Heeren

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