Helping patients make informed decisions. Two-year evaluation of the Gustave Roussy prostate cancer multidisciplinary clinic

The initial treatment decision for newly diagnosed non-metastatic prostate cancer is complex. Multiple valid approaches exist, without a clear and absolute consensus for every clinical scenario, and therefore specialist opinions may vary. Multidisciplinary consultations focusing on shared decision-making aim to provide an apposite tool for the initial treatment decision. We have evaluated the first two years of activity of the Gustave Roussy Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic (PCMC), dedicated to the initial decision-making for non-metastatic prostate cancer.

PCMC consists of two consecutive specialist consultations with a urological surgeon and a radiation oncologist, followed by a dedicated Tumor Board discussion. A study questionnaire was addressed to all PCMC patients via postal mail. Medical notes and questionnaire responses of 195 eligible patients were analyzed.

The questionnaire response rate was 69% (134 patients). Complete satisfaction rate was high (114 of 118 responders, 97%). Patients were offered new treatment options in 55% of cases, and felt better informed in 98% (122 of 125 responders). The double consultation was considered useful (124 of 129 responders, 96%). Reported feeling of active participation was significantly elevated (117 of 131 responders, 89%), while 46% of patients (57 of 125) modified their decision on the management of their prostate cancer following their PCMC consultation.

The experience of a multidisciplinary consultation in the initial management of non-metastatic prostate cancer renders high patient satisfaction, improves their appreciation of feeling better informed, promotes active participation and shared decision-making and strongly influences their final decision.

Clinical and translational radiation oncology. 2018 Jul 06*** epublish ***

Anna Patrikidou, Pierre Maroun, Jean-Jacques Patard, Hervé Baumert, Laurence Albiges, Christophe Massard, Yohann Loriot, Bernard Escudier, Mario Di Palma, Julia Arfi-Rouche, Laurence Rocher, Zahira Merabet, Alberto Bossi, Karim Fizazi, Pierre Blanchard

Gustave Roussy, Université Paris-Saclay, Département de médecine oncologique, F-94800 Villejuif, France., Gustave Roussy, Université Paris-Saclay, Département de Radiothérapie Oncologique, F-94800 Villejuif, France., Hôpital Bicêtre, Service d'Urologie, F-94270 Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France., Hôpital Saint-Joseph, Service d'Urologie, F-75014 Paris, France., Gustave Roussy, Université Paris-Saclay, Département d'imagerie médicale, F-94800 Villejuif, France., Hôpital Bicêtre, Service de Radiologie, F-94270 Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France., Gustave Roussy, Université Paris-Saclay, Département de biologie et pathologie médicales, F-94800 Villejuif, France.