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.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
- Prostatic cancer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research