Multidisciplinary teams for the proper management of patients with genitourinary tumors: When topics set scientific societies' agenda

Tiziana Magnani, Sergio Bracarda, Rolando M D'Angelillo, Walter Artibani, Sandro Barni, Giordano Beretta, Maurizio Brausi, Orazio Caffo, Renzo Corvò, Michele Gallucci, Roberta Gunelli, Vincenzo Mirone, Giacomo Novara, Carmine Pinto, Elvio Russi, Riccardo Santoni, Maurizio Tomirotti, Alessandro Volpe, Giario Conti, Riccardo Valdagni

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INTRODUCTION: The multidisciplinary management of oncologic patients is identified as the bottom line element of quality in tumor care.

METHODS: In 2015, 7 Italian scientific societies representing the specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of genitourinary tumors joined efforts in the Italian uro-oncologic multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) project. The aims were to promote the reorganization of genitourinary cancer care, switching to a multidisciplinary approach, reach a consensus on the core elements for the setup of MDTs in genitourinary oncology, and support health policy makers and managers in remodeling of the assistance and care of uro-oncologic patients on a national level.

RESULTS: The first activity was the setup of 5 working groups, given the task of exploring selected topics: general principles, organization of MDTs, minimal requirements, economic evaluation, and relations with authorities. The groups participated in the writing of a document that was approved by the scientific societies and published on their web sites. Moreover, a few items summarizing the extensive document were approved in the first MDT Consensus Conference held in Milan in December 2015.

CONCLUSIONS: The experience of this initial phase led to the opening of the team to other professionals and societies, in line with a correct management of patients with genitourinary tumors, which need a multidisciplinary as well as a multiprofessional approach with emerging techniques and procedures, and with a new project work package on genitourinary paths of care and indicators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300891618784789
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jul 1 2018


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