A systematic scoping review of multidisciplinary cancer team and decision-making in the management of men with advanced prostate cancer.

The early diagnosis of prostate cancer and subsequent access to the treatment options helps to achieve optimal cancer outcomes. As the treatment options for patients with advanced prostate cancer continues to evolve, patients need to access a multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting to receive best-practice care.

In this paper a MEDLINE review was performed to assess clinical decision making in the context of MDT discussions for patients with advanced prostate cancer.

From 441 returned articles and abstracts, 50 articles were assessed for eligibility and 16 articles included for analysis. Sixteen articles were identified, 9 of the 16 articles used quantitative methodology including three retrospective analysis of clinical registry data, patient medical records and/or MDT meeting notes and three cross-sectional surveys. Other study designs included one observation study and one study using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and one mini-review. There were also four editorials included in the review and two consensus statements.

This paper highlights the important role the inter-disciplinary MDT has on shared decision making for men with advanced prostate cancer. The application of MDT care is a rapidly growing trend in uro-oncology and an efficient MDT service requires further research to assess its efficiency so that it may expand through all aspect of uro-oncology.

World journal of urology. 2020 Jun 04 [Epub ahead of print]

A Holmes, B D Kelly, M Perera, R S Eapen, D M Bolton, N Lawrentschuk

Department of Surgery, Austin Hospital, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia., Department of Surgery, Austin Hospital, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. .