Prostate Cancer Unit Initiative in Europe: A position paper by the European School of Oncology

Riccardo Valdagni, Hendrik Van Poppel, Michael Aitchison, Peter Albers, Dominik Berthold, Alberto Bossi, Maurizio Brausi, Louis Denis, Lawrence Drudge-Coates, Maria De Santis, Günther Feick, Chris Harrison, Karin Haustermans, Donal Hollywood, Morton Hoyer, Henk Hummel, Malcolm Mason, Vincenzo Mirone, Stefan C. Müller, Chris ParkerMahasti Saghatchian, Cora N. Sternberg, Bertrand Tombal, Erik van Muilekom, Maggie Watson, Simone Wesselmann, Thomas Wiegel, Tiziana Magnani, Alberto Costa

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The Prostate Cancer Programme of the European School of Oncology developed the concept of specialised interdisciplinary and multiprofessional prostate cancer care to be formalized in Prostate Cancer Units (PCU). After the publication in 2011 of the collaborative article "The Requirements of a Specialist Prostate Cancer Unit: A Discussion Paper from the European School of Oncology", in 2012 the PCU Initiative in Europe was launched. A multiprofessional Task Force of internationally recognized opinion leaders, among whom representatives of scientific societies, and patient advocates gathered to set standards for quality comprehensive prostate cancer care and designate care pathways in PCUs. The result was a consensus on 40 mandatory and recommended standards and items, covering several macro-areas, from general requirements to personnel to organization and case management. This position paper describes the relevant, feasible and applicable core criteria for defining PCUs in most European countries delivered by PCU Initiative in Europe Task Force.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-143
Number of pages11
JournalCritical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2015


  • Minimal requirement
  • Multidisciplinary and multiprofessional approach
  • Prostate cancer
  • Prostate cancer unit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Hematology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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