BACKGROUND: No compelling evidence is available about surveillance and follow-up of patients with testicular germ cell tumour (TGCT).
METHODS: In the light of the best clinical evidence, the Italian Germ cell cancer Group (IGG) and the Associazione Italiana di Oncologia Medica (AIOM) set up a multidisciplinary national consensus conference, involving 42 leading experts and 3 TGCT survivors. A minimum of 50% of votes was required in order to achieve a consensus recommendation on 29 questions.
RESULTS: Recommendations have been summarized in three tables, divided by stage I seminoma, stage I nonseminoma and the advanced disease, which may be useful for clinicians to appropriately choose the clinical investigation and its timing during the surveillance and follow-up of TGCT patients based on an accurate estimation of their risk of disease relapse.
CONCLUSIONS: The IGG-AIOM consensus recommendations may help clinicians to choose appropriate clinical investigations for the surveillance and follow-up of TGCT patients.
- Follow-Up Studies
- Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal/diagnosis
- Practice Guidelines as Topic
- Testicular Neoplasms/diagnosis