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Michelle Leech
Associate Professor, Radiation Therapy

Biography

Michelle Leech joined the Discipline of Radiation Therapy as a lecturer in January 2007. Prior to this, she worked both as a dosimetrist and a radiation therapist in St. Luke's Hospital, Dublin.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Leech M, Coffey M, Mast M, Moura F, Osztavics A, Pasini D, Vaandering A, ESTRO ACROP guidelines for positioning, immobilisation and position verification of head and neck patients for radiation therapists, Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 1, 2017, p1 - 7 Journal Article, 2017 DOI TARA - Full Text

Lawler G, Leech M, Dose Sparing Potential of Deep Inspiration Breath-hold Technique for Left Breast Cancer Radiotherapy Organs-at-risk, AntiCancer Research, 37, (2), 2017, p883 - 890 Journal Article, 2017

Duffy O, Forde E, Leech M, The dilemma of parotid gland and pharyngeal constrictor muscles preservation-Is daily online image guidance required? A dosimetric analysis, Medical Dosimetry, Article in press, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Lim JY and Leech M, Use of auto-segmentation in the delineation of target volumes and organs at risk in head and neck, Acta Oncologica, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Mast M, Leech M, Coffey M, Moura F, Osztavics A, Pasini D, Vaandering A, The ESTRO perspective - a guideline for positioning of head and neck patients, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 35, Turin, Italy, 119, Elsevier, 2016, ppS99 - S99 Conference Paper, 2016

Leech M, Kamphuis M, Are we precisely inaccurate in our adaption? , Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 35, Turin, Italy, 119, Elsevier, 2016, ppS296 - S296 Conference Paper, 2016

Eriksen JG, Leech M, Benstead K, Verfaillie C, Perspectives on medical education in radiation oncology and the role of the ESTRO School, Clinical and Translational Radiation Oncology, 1, 2016, p15 - 18 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Radiotherapy and Oncology, Elsevier, [Editorial Board member], 2016 Editorial Board, 2016

Arthurs M, Gillham C, O'Shea E, McCrickard E and Leech M, Dosimetric comparison of 3DCRT and IMRT and impact of displacements in lower limb sarcoma radiation therapy, Practical Radiation Oncology, 6, (2), 2016, p119 - 125 Journal Article, 2016

Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, Elsevier, [Editor in Chief], 2016 Editorial Board, 2016

Coffey M, Leech M and Poortmans P, Benchmarking Radiation Therapist education for safe practice: The time is now, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 119, (1), 2016, p12 - 13 Journal Article, 2016

Leech M, Gaffney J, Marignol L, Improving non-invasive detection of prostate cancer using diffusion-weighted MRI, Advances in Modern Oncology Research, 2, (6), 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text

Hanley O and Leech M, Reduction of xerostomia in head and neck cancer patients. A critical review of the literature. , Radiography, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Forde E, Booth J, Eade T, Kneebone A, LeMotte M and Leech M, FSD measurements are obsolete when treating prostate IMRT and VMAT, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April 2015, 115, (S (1)), Elsevier, 2015, ppS81- Conference Paper, 2015

Durcan A and Leech M, The impact of dose to the salivary glands on quality of life in patients treated with IMRT for head and neck cancer, HSE Health and Social Care Professions' Research Conference, Dublin, April 16th 2015, 2015 Poster, 2015

Arthurs M, Gillham C, O'Shea E, McCrickard E and Leech M, Dosimetric comparison of techniques and impact of displacements in lower limb sarcoma radiation therapy, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April 2015, 115, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2015, ppS898- Conference Paper, 2015

Lim D, Quah DS, Leech M, Marignol L, Clinical potential of boron neutron capture therapy for locally recurrent inoperable previously irradiated head and neck cancer., Applied radiation and isotopes : including data, instrumentation and methods for use in agriculture, industry and medicine, 2015 Journal Article, 2015 DOI TARA - Full Text

O'Donovan A, Gillham C, Cunningham C, Thirion P, Cunningham M, El Beltagi N and Leech M. , Managing the elderly in radiotherapy using geriatric assessment (MERGE): A Pilot Geriiatric Oncology study , SPHER (Structured Population and Health-services RResearch Education) Network First Annual Conference, Dublin, 9th January 2015, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Lawler G and Leech M, Dose sparing potential of deep inspiration breath-hold technique for left breast radiotherapy organs at risk, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April 2015, 115, (S1), Elsevier, 2015, ppS893- Conference Paper, 2015

Durcan A and Leech M, The impact of dose to the salivary apparatus on quality of life in patients treated with IMRT for head and neck cancer. , Radiotherapy and Oncology, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April 2015, 115, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2015, ppS82 - S83 Conference Paper, 2015

O'Donovan A, Mohile S and Leech M. , Expert consensus panel guidelines on geriatric assessment in oncology, European Journal of Cancer Care, 24, (4), 2015, p574 - 589 Journal Article, 2015

Ging H and Leech M, A dosimetric comparison between 3D conformal radiotherapy and IMRT for glioblastoma multiform, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 33, 111, (S1), 2014, ppS307 - S307 Conference Paper, 2014

O'Donovan A, Gillham C, Cunningham C, Thirion P, Cunningham M, El Beltagi N and Leech M. , Managing the elderly in radiotherapy using geriatric assessment (MERGE): A Pilot Geriatric Oncology Study. , International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) 14th Annual Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 23-25 October 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

O'Donovan A, Gillham C, Cunningham C, Thirion P, Cunningham M, El Beltagi N and Leech M. , Managing the elderly in radiotherapy using geriatric assessment (MERGE): A Pilot Geriatric Oncology Study. , 9th International Cancer Conference, Dublin, 17-18 September 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Mulryan K, Leech M and Forde E, A review of dosimetric endpoints reported on in clinical trials for stereotactic radiotherapy for Stage I non-small cell lung cancer. , Annual Conference of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy, Dublin, 2014, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014

Nolan L and Leech M, The impact of patient position in large field pelvic radiotherapy: A dosimetric analysis, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 33, 111, (S1), 2014, ppS309 - S309 Conference Paper, 2014

ODonovan A, Leech M and Mohile S, An expert consensus panel on Geriatric Assessment (GA) in oncology, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 33, Vienna, Austria, 4th-8th April 2014, 111, (S1), Elsevier, 2014, ppS110 - S111 Conference Paper, 2014

Leech M, Bridging the theory-practice gap in RTT treatment planning education: To blog or not to blog?, Radiotherapy and oncology, ESTRO 33, Vienna, Austria, 4-8 April 2014, 111, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2014, ppS143 - S144 Conference Paper, 2014

Forde E, Booth J and Leech M, A volumetric approach to path-length measurements is essential when treating radiotherapy with modulated beams, Medical Dosimetry, 39, (2), 2014, p194 - 196 Journal Article, 2014

Browne M, Leech M and Forde E, Quantification of independent prostate and seminal vesicle planning margins in intermeidate-risk prostate radiotherapy, Annual Conference of the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, September 2014, 2014 Poster, 2014

Dangol S and Leech M, An investigation of the dosimetric impact of population-based set up errors in pelvic radiation therapy, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 33, 111, (S1), 2014, ppS308 - S308 Conference Paper, 2014

O'Donovan A, Mohile S and Leech M. , Expert consensus panel on geriatric assessment interventions in Oncology: the Euopean perspective, International Society of Geriatric Oncology (2013) annual conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2013, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

O'Donovan A, Mohile S and Leech M. , Expert consensus panel on geriatric assessment interventions in Oncology: the Euopean perspective, Annual Scientific Meeting, Faculty of Radiology, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, September 2013, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Leech M, Coffey M, Mast M, Moura F, Osztavics A, Pasini D Vaanderring A, Development of guidelines for set-up and verification requirements in head and neck radiotherapy, 2nd ESTRO Forum, Geneva, Switzerland, 19th-23rd April 2013, 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

Scanlon L, Moran D, Fagan A, Meaney J, Lynch T, Leech M, Coffey M, Hollywood D, Marignol L, Use of DWI and ADC values in detection and staging of prostate cancer of the central gland and peripheral zone, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 31, Barcelona, Spain, 9-13 May 2012, 103, (S1), Elsevier, 2012, ppS429- Conference Paper, 2012

Information and support for patients throughout the radiation therapy pathway in, editor(s)Gopishankar, N. , Radiation Therapy, Rijeka, Croatia, Intech, 2012, pp341 - 358, [Michelle Leech and Mary Coffey] Book Chapter, 2012

Rogerson C and Leech M, An investigation of the dosimetric implications of contouring variability in 3DCRT of the prostate, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 31, Barcelona, Spain, 9-13 May 2012, 103, (S1), Elsevier, 2012, ppS156- Conference Paper, 2012

Burns J and Leech M, The dosimetric effect of systematic rotations on 3D conformal radiotherapy of the parotid gland, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 31, Barcelona, Spain, 9-13 May 2012, 103, (S1), Elsevier, 2012, pp620- Conference Paper, 2012

Kierce S, Armstrong J, Callinan S, Burke D and Leech M, A retrospective analysis of the management of brain metastases using stereotactic radio surgery, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 31, Barcelona, Spain, 9-13 May 2012, 103, (S1), Elsevier, 2012, ppS613- Conference Paper, 2012

Monahan A, Broderick M, Coffey M and Leech M, The effectiveness of the TIGER programme in conjunction with contouring guidelines in reducing inter observer variability among radiation therapy students in contouring the prostate site, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO Anniversary Congress, London, UK, 8-12 May 2011, 99, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2011, ppS589 - S590 Conference Paper, 2011

Leech M and Broderick M, 'Construction of thermoplastic masks for head and neck radiotherapy', Dublin, Trinity College and St. Luke's Hospital, 2011, - Digital research resource production, 2011 URL

Gill E, Coffey M and Leech M, An investigation of breast IGRT in Europe and North America and the clinical impact of its implementation, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO Anniversary Congress, London, UK, 8-12 May 2011, 99, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2011, ppS459- Conference Paper, 2011

Kelly, Graham, Leech, Michelle, A Dosimetric Comparison of External Beam Radiation Therapy Techniques for Pituitary Adenoma, ESTRO 29, Barcelona, September 2010, 2010 Poster, 2010

Leech M and Broderick M, Implementation of a bite-block immobilisation system for cranial stereotactic radio surgery, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 10th biennial ESTRO conference on Physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy., Barcelona, Spain, Aug 30-Sep 3 2009, 92, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2009, ppS61- Conference Paper, 2009

Hendy, Viola, Leech, Michelle, The Knowledge and Attitudes of Health Care Professionals on the Sexual Health Information Needs of Gynaecological Cancer Patients, British Gynaecological Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Dublin, 2009, 2009 Poster, 2009

Leech M, Craig A, Poole C, Broderick M, Ni Chuinneagain S, Coffey M, Byrne J, Clinical Oral Examinations: Assessment of Competency in Radiation Therapy, Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 8, (3), 2009, p115 - 118 Journal Article, 2009 TARA - Full Text

Frewen H and Leech M, A comparison of treatment planning techniques for radiotherapy of the prostate and seminal vesicles in obese prostate patients, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 10th biennial ESTRO conference on Physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy., Barcelona, Spain, Aug 30-Sep 3 2009, 92, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2009, ppS143- Conference Paper, 2009

Broderick, M, Menezes, G, Leech, M, Coffey, M and Appleyard, R., A Comparison of Kilovoltage and Megavoltage Cone Beam CT in Radiotherapy, Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 6, 2007, p173 - 178 Journal Article, 2007

Bracken D, O'Shea E, Mullaney L, Gilmartin T, Leech M, Keaveney M, 'Evaluation of Radiation Therapists Education Group Lunchtime Lectures in St. Luke's Hospital', ESTRO 25, Leipzig, Germany, 2006 Poster, 2006

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Leech, M, Raising the professionalism of Radiation Therapists: The role of ESTRO, South East Europe Technology in Radiation Oncology biannual conference, Zagreb, Croatia, November 6-8, 2015, SEETRO Invited Talk, 2015

Leech M, Working smarter to create my dream career: An RTT perspective, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April , 2015, ESTRO Invited Talk, 2015

Leech M, Vision 2020: Challenges facing the RTT in Western Europe, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April , 2015, ESTRO Invited Talk, 2015

Leech M, Radiation Therapists: Vision for the Future, South East Europe Technology in Radiation Oncology biannual conference, Zagreb, Croatia, November 6-8, 2015, SEETRO Invited Talk, 2015

Leech, M, Can we raise our professionalism? The ESTRO RTT Committee, AITRO Annual Conference, Trento, Italy, 5-7 December, 2014, AITRO Invited Talk, 2014

Leech M, Offline correction protocols, Bulgarian National Society meeting on Patient Positioning and Verification in Radiation Therapy. , Sofia, Bulgaria, August 30th-31st , 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

Healy K, Coffey M and Leech M, Soft tissue sarcomas of the trunk: A literature review, Radiography Ireland, 15, (2), 2012, p55 - 59 Journal Article, 2012

Ryan J and Leech M, Lung delineation and its impact on dose volume constraints in non-small cell lung cancer, Annual Conference of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy, Dublin, November 2011, 2011 Poster, 2011

Leech, Michelle, Coffey, Mary, Hendy, Viola, Attitudes to Patient Sexual Health, Cancer Professional, (Summer 2010), 2010, p10 - 13 Journal Article, 2010

Michelle Leech, Mary Coffey, The Development of Postgraduate Education for Radiation Therapists in Ireland, All Ireland Radiation Therapy Study Day, NUI Galway, 2009 Invited Talk, 2009

Leech M and Broderick M, Implementation of a bite-block immobilisation system for cranial stereotactic radio surgery, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 10th biennial ESTRO conference on Physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy., Barcelona, Spain, Aug 30-Sep 3 2009, 92, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2009, ppS61- Conference Paper, 2009

Maria Hynes, Michelle Leech, Analysis of the effect of Active Breathing Control on the Normal Tissue Complication Probability of Lung cancer patients using a biological planning system, Annual Conference Irish Institute of radiography and Radiation Therapy, Sligo, 8/11/2008, 2008 Poster, 2008

Karen O'Neill, Michelle Leech, A Comparison of Lung, Heart and Contralateral Breast Dose with Two Breast Radiotherapy techniques, Annual Conference Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy, Sligo, 8/11/2008, 2008 Poster, 2008

Rourke C, Leech M, Downes A, Thirion P, 'Electronic Portal Imaging of Head and Neck Radiotherapy', Radiography Ireland, 11, (1), 2007, p28 - 31 Journal Article, 2007

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • Oncovideos: Developing Vocational skills in Oncology through e-learning
  • Summary
    • The development of educational videos for RTs. This video is in relation to patient positioning and immobilisation in the head and neck region.
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • 2010
  • Date To
    • 2012
  • Title
    • Impact of dose to pharyngeal constrictor muscles and salivary glands on late effects in head and neck radiotherapy
  • Summary
    • This project investigates the impact of various dosimetric endpoints of the pharyngeal constrictor muscles on dysphagia in head and neck patients. Evaluation of dose to the parotid and submandibular glands is also analysed to ascertain effect on xerostomia.
  • Funding Agency
    • IIRRT
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Date To
    • 2011
  • Title
    • 'Evaluation of Factors influencing the Set-up error in Head and Neck Radiotherapy: A Prospective Analysis'.
  • Summary
    • Failure to deliver the prescribed dose to the tumour volume and its microscopic extension in head and neck cancer results in lower cure rates in radiotherapy. Therefore, it is essential to quantify and possibly reduce patient set-up errors during treatment. It is imperative that individual institutions quantify their own set-up errors in head and neck radiotherapy and implement appropriate correction protocols. Smaller set-up errors can be followed by a reduction of the margin for set-up uncertainty, which leads to improved sparing of organs at risk. The application of small margins around the tumour is particularly important for head and neck radiotherapy because of the proximity of dose-limiting critical organs.
  • Funding Agency
    • St. Luke's Institute of Cancer Research
  • Date From
    • January 2005

Keywords

HUMAN CANCER; RADIOTHERAPY; Treatment Planning

Recognition

Representations

RTT representative on the Education and Training Committee of ESTRO Current

Chair of the RTT Committee of ESTRO From April 2014

National RT Education representative for Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy 2008-2013

Expert advisor to CORU on the Framework Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Radiographers and Radiation Therapists April 2012

Representative of IIRRT on the Health Service Executive's Health and Social Care Professions Advisory Group 2011-2013

Secretary of the IIRRT 2009-2011

Editor of Radiography Ireland 2012-2013

Member of the International Advisory Panel of the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences Current

Member of the UICC Global Taskforce on the Provision of Radiation Therapy Services Current

Awards and Honours

Certificate of Commendation Provost's Teaching Awards 2011, 2012 and 2013

St. Luke's Prize 2000

Memberships

Member of teaching faculty on ESTRO teaching course on Best practice in radiation oncology: A course to train RTT trainers. August 2009 – Present

ESTRO member January 2007 – Present

IIRRT member October 1996 – Present

Course Director: ESTRO Teaching course on basic treatment planning March 2010 – September 2014