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Estimating the optimal external-beam radiotherapy utilization rate for genitourinary malignancies
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2004
Copyright © 2004 American Cancer Society
Volume 103, Issue 3, pages 462–473, 1 February 2005
How to Cite
Delaney, G., Jacob, S. and Barton, M. (2005), Estimating the optimal external-beam radiotherapy utilization rate for genitourinary malignancies. Cancer, 103: 462–473. doi: 10.1002/cncr.20789
- Issue published online: 20 JAN 2005
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 OCT 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 7 SEP 2004
- Manuscript Received: 18 MAY 2004
- Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
- bladder cancer;
- genitourinary cancer;
- renal cancer;
- prostate cancer;
- testicular cancer;
- radiotherapy utilization
Benchmark radiotherapy utilization rates for genitourinary malignancies are largely unknown, despite the finding that genitourinary cancers comprise approximately 19% of all registered malignancies in Australia.
To develop an evidence-based benchmark of the optimal proportion of patients with genitourinary malignancies who should receive at least one course of radiotherapy at some time during their illness, the authors studied treatment guidelines and treatment reviews regarding genitourinary malignancies. Optimal radiotherapy utilization trees were constructed to show the clinical attributes that indicated possible benefit from radiotherapy based on evidence. Epidemiologic incidence data for each of these clinical attributes were obtained to calculate the optimal proportion of all patients with genitourinary cancer for whom radiotherapy was considered appropriate.
The proportion of patients with genitourinary malignancies for whom radiotherapy was indicated at some point in their illness, according to the best available evidence, was estimated to be 27% of patients with renal cancer, 58% of patients with bladder cancer, 60% of patients with prostate cancer, and 49% of patients with testicular cancer. The occurrence of ureteric and penile cancers among patients was too rare, and, therefore, these patients were not included in the current study.
There was a large discrepancy between actual radiotherapy utilization and the evidence-based optimal rate. The authors recommended strategies to implement the evidence-based guidelines. Evidence-based benchmarks for radiotherapy utilization rates such as the ones described in the current study were important in the evaluation of the appropriate use of radiotherapy. Cancer 2005. © 2004 American Cancer Society.