History of PROS
Dr. Dennis Doromal was elected president of PROS.
The Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital in Cagayan de Oro installed a Varian Clinac IX machine.
The Metropolitan Medical Center installed an Elekta Precise linear accelerator.
St. Paul’s Hospital in Iloilo opened its Cancer Institute, the first center to be fully equipped with both chemotherapy and radiation facilities in the Visayas region. The Institute was equipped with a TomoTherapy HD machine.
Bethany Hospital in La Union acquired another Elekta unit.
The Philippine General Hospital acquired its first linear accelerator machine and installed a Cobalt-60 HDR brachytherapy machine.
The Gyne HDR Brachytherapy Lecture Series and Workshop was held together with the 6th Residents’ Research Forum.
The Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City installed a Varian Trilogy machine.
The National Kidney and Transplant Institute installed a Varian Clinac machine.
The Asian Hospital Medical Center installed a TomoTherapy HDA machine.
Dr. Kathleen Baldivia was elected president of PROS.
Guest Faculty included Drs. Gert Meijer, Neil Burnet, Nicola Dinapoli and Michael Sharpe.
PROS-ESTRO-SEAROG Convention focused on Advanced Treatment Planning.
The Cagayan de Oro Polymedic Cancer Center installed an Elekta machine.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta Medical Center in Pampanga installed a TomoTherapy HD machine.
The Medical City installed a TrueBeam machine.
The Federation of Asian Organizations for Radiation Oncology (FARO) was established with PROS as one of the founding members. Dr. Miriam Calaguas was appointed as the Educational Committee Head.
The PROS Annual Convention for the year focused on Multidisciplinary Perspectives in the Management of Metastatic Disease: Radiobiologic Basis and Current Evidence. Guest Faculty included Drs. Daniel Tan, Melvin Chua and DongHan Lee.
The third PROS-ASTRO-SEAROG educational course with the theme Integrating Tomorrow’s Therapeutic Modalities for Common Cancers… Today. Guest Faculty included Drs. Michael Sharpe, Andrew Lee, John Suh, Larry Kestin and Nancy Lee. Dr. Enrico Tangco was elected president of PROS.
The PROS Annual Convention focused on Pediatric Tumors Revisited. Guest Faculty from the United States, headed by Dr. Arnold Paulino, included Drs. Paul Chuba, Anita Mahajan, Natia Esiashvili and Kenneth Roberts. Local faculty included Amy Goleta-Dy and Iluminada Camagay. The Makati Medical Center installed a TomoTherapy Hi-Art machine and a Cobalt-60 HDR brachytherapy unit. The Lung Center of the Philippines installed a Varian Clinac CX machine. The Davao Regional Medical Center installed a Siemens Oncor machine.
PROS, together with ASTRO, IAEA and SEAROG, held an educational symposium at St. Luke’s Global City on Image Guided Radiation Therapy for Common Cancers in the Region. Guest faculty included Drs. Ritsuko Komaki, James Cox, Joseph Chang, Jennifer Bellon, Jatinder Palta, Padraig Warde and Kenneth Hu. An IAEA Regional Training Course with the theme The Shift from 2D to 3D to IMRT was held at the same time. Guest Faculty from the IAEA included Drs. Jacob van Dyk and Graham Stevens. Dr. Nonette Cupino was elected president of PROS.
The Dagupan Doctors’ Villaflor Memorial Hospital in Pangasinan installed a Varian Clinac CX machine.
The first PROS Resident’s Research Forum was held in Bohol. PROS, together with experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), held an educational course featuring IAEA-QUATRO Quality Assurance Techniques in Radiation Oncology. Guest faculty included Drs. Eduardo Zubizaretta and Brendan Healy. A lecture by Dr. Bin Teh on Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) was included as a lunch symposium.
The Cancer Institute of the Sacred Heart Medical Center in Pampanga, equipped with a Siemens Oncor machine, was launched.
Dr. Miriam Calaguas was elected president of both PROS and SEAROG.
PROS, together with SEAROG and the European Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ESTRO), held an educational course on 3D Brachytherapy for Gynecologic Malignancies and Other Conformal Techniques in Clinical Practice. Dr. Richard Potter was the course director.
The brachytherapy unit of the Cardinal Santos Medical Center became operational.
The Southeast Asian Radiation Oncology Group (SEAROG) was established, with PROS as a charter member.
Dr. Edilberto Joaquin Fragante was elected president of PROS.
PROS, together with the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO), held an educational course with the theme Current Trends and Future Directions in Radiation Oncology. ASTRO Faculty included Drs. William Shipley, Lawrence Marks, Bernard Cummings, Albert Koong, Anthony Fyles and Jatinder Palta.
The Benavides Cancer Institute (BCI) of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital (USTH) was inaugurated.
PROS Annual Convention focused on Pediatric Oncology Multidisciplinary Topics, which included lectures on sarcoma, medulloblastoma and astrocytoma among others. Guest Faculty included Drs. Raymond Barba and Miriam Kimpo.
The Cardinal Santos Medical Center installed a Varian 23ex linear accelerator.
PROS held its first annual convention independent of the PCR at the Manila Polo Club. General Radiation Oncology topics including clinical radiation oncology, physics treatment planning and dosimetry were discussed.
Dr. Teresa Sy Ortin was elected president of PROS.
The Davao Doctors’ Hospital installed an Elekta Synergy machine.
Radiation Oncology ceased to become a 3-year fellowship program with the official institution of the PROS Radiation Oncology Residency Program.
PROS hosted its first independent scientific meeting on Radiation Biology concurrent with the PCR Annual Convention in Manila Ramada Hotel. Professor Michael Barton was the guest speaker.
The Radiation Oncology Section, under the Department of Radiological Sciences, of the University of Perpetual Help Dalta Medical Center was inaugurated. Dr. Eduardo Nievera was the section chief.
Dr. Gaudencio Vega, Jr. was elected president of PROS.
St. Luke’s Medical Center obtained Cobalt-60 machines and High-dose-rate Brachytherapy units. The Cobalt-60 machines were later replaced by linear accelerators.
Dr. Eduardo Nievera was elected president of PROS.
Dr. Tranquilino Elicano acquired 3 linear accelerators for the National Cancer Control Center.
The Philippine Radiation Oncology Society (PROS) was formed as a distinct subspecialty society of the PCR. Dr. Bienvenido Lapus was the first president.
In September 12, 1984, the Radiotherapy Group of the PCR was reorganized into the Section of Radiation Oncology. Its first organizational meeting was held at the Manila Polo Club with Dr. Reynaldo Gregorio as the founding president.
The Lung Center of the Philippines was inaugurated. It was equipped with a linear accelerator and a Cobalt-60 machine.
The Radiotherapy Group was formed as a special interest group of the Philippine College of Radiology (PCR). Dr. Reynaldo Gregorio was president.
Ospital ng Maynila received a Cobalt-60 machine donated by a Japanese philanthropist. This was used by Drs. Leon, Lopez and Tan.
Another Cobalt-60 machine was installed in Iloilo under Dr. Daniel Ledesma.
The PGH Cancer Institute acquired a Cobalt-60 machine and launched its brachytherapy facilities, equipped with Cesium sources.
In the early 1960s, the GSIS Hospital (now known as the East Avenue Medical Center) installed a Cobalt-60 machine.
The Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center acquired a Cobalt-60 machine used by Drs. Silverio, Lopez, Elicano and Anatalio.
The Veterans Memorial Hospital launched its radiotherapy facilities.
In the late1940s, the University of Santo Tomas Hospital installed a Picker Deep X-ray Therapy Unit, headed by Dr. Paulino J. Garcia.
In the early 1940s, the first private practice clinic equipped with a Stabilivolt Superficial X-ray Unit was established by Dr. Daniel Ledesma.
The PGH Cancer Institute was inaugurated and opened to the public.
Commonwealth Act #398, signed by President Manuel Quezon, created the Cancer Institute at PGH.
The X-ray and Electrotherapeutic Department of PGH expanded to include the cancer treatment center. Dr. Paterno Chikiamco served as the hospital physicist and was the country’s first radiation physicist.
Physicians practicing radium therapy included Drs. Angelo Singian, Nicanor Jacinto, Jesus Ascano, Daniel Ledesma and Jose Borromeo.
In September 1910, the X-ray and Electrotherapeutic Department of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), headed by Dr. A. Clemente, PhD in Chemistry, started operations with a small radium emanation room.