The role of radiotherapy in the treatment of carcinoma of the prostate

A survey of clinical practices in Lombardy, Italy by the AIRO-Lombardia Cooperative Group

S. Villa, F. Bertoni, A. Bossi, B. Caraffini, F. Corbella, I. Di Lorenzo, C. Italia, M. Leoni, S. Nava, E. Sarti, V. Vavassori, E. Villa, M. Palazzi

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Aims and background: We report the results of a survey performed in 1994 by the AIRO-Lombardia Cooperative Group, on the clinical patterns of radiation treatment for prostatic carcinoma in Lombardy, Italy, involving all radiotherapy centers serving an overall local population of about 8,800,000 people. Methods: A questionnaire was sent to all 13 radiotherapy centers throughout Lombardy, asking for demographic and treatment details concerning the local population of patients with a localized (T1-4, NO-1, MO) carcinoma of the prostate treated with radiotherapy; 12 centers responded, making the basis for the present report. Results: Analysis of collected data showed that in Lombardy: a) approximately 400 patients per year are irradiated for a localized carcinoma of the prostate, accounting for less than 30% of the total expected number of patients with this disease presentation; b) a complete staging (with PSA, transrectal ultrasonography, abdomino-pelvic CT or MRI scan and total-body bone scan) is performed in over 95% of patients before initiating radiotherapy; c) significant differences exist between radiotherapy centers as regards treatment planning and delivery. Conclusions: An urgent need exists for implementing procedures aimed at standardizing radiotherapy procedures within Lombardy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636-639
Number of pages4
JournalTumori
Volume84
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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Italy
Prostate
Radiotherapy
Carcinoma
Therapeutics
Population
Surveys and Questionnaires
Ultrasonography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Demography
Radiation
Bone and Bones

Keywords

  • Italy
  • Prostatic cancer
  • Radiotherapy
  • Survey

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Villa, S., Bertoni, F., Bossi, A., Caraffini, B., Corbella, F., Di Lorenzo, I., ... Palazzi, M. (1998). The role of radiotherapy in the treatment of carcinoma of the prostate: A survey of clinical practices in Lombardy, Italy by the AIRO-Lombardia Cooperative Group. Tumori, 84(6), 636-639.

The role of radiotherapy in the treatment of carcinoma of the prostate : A survey of clinical practices in Lombardy, Italy by the AIRO-Lombardia Cooperative Group. / Villa, S.; Bertoni, F.; Bossi, A.; Caraffini, B.; Corbella, F.; Di Lorenzo, I.; Italia, C.; Leoni, M.; Nava, S.; Sarti, E.; Vavassori, V.; Villa, E.; Palazzi, M.

In: Tumori, Vol. 84, No. 6, 1998, p. 636-639.

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Villa, S, Bertoni, F, Bossi, A, Caraffini, B, Corbella, F, Di Lorenzo, I, Italia, C, Leoni, M, Nava, S, Sarti, E, Vavassori, V, Villa, E & Palazzi, M 1998, 'The role of radiotherapy in the treatment of carcinoma of the prostate: A survey of clinical practices in Lombardy, Italy by the AIRO-Lombardia Cooperative Group', Tumori, vol. 84, no. 6, pp. 636-639.
Villa, S. ; Bertoni, F. ; Bossi, A. ; Caraffini, B. ; Corbella, F. ; Di Lorenzo, I. ; Italia, C. ; Leoni, M. ; Nava, S. ; Sarti, E. ; Vavassori, V. ; Villa, E. ; Palazzi, M. / The role of radiotherapy in the treatment of carcinoma of the prostate : A survey of clinical practices in Lombardy, Italy by the AIRO-Lombardia Cooperative Group. In: Tumori. 1998 ; Vol. 84, No. 6. pp. 636-639.
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