Prostate cancer is one of the tumors with the highest incidence and mortality among men worldwide, and this situation is no different in South America. However, epidemiological data are highly variable for each country and even more so than in North America.
These data may be influenced by the very low rate of early detection of disease, availability of diagnostic methods, proper data collection, and limited access to specialized multidisciplinary treatment. For many South American countries, academic referral centers can only offer state-of-the-art diagnostics and multidisciplinary cancer treatment for patients who live in or can travel to large cities, so most patients are cared for by non-expert urologists with limited resources, which can have a negative impact on their prognosis and worsen oncologic outcomes. We aimed to show the clinical management of prostate cancer patients, the current advances in management, limitations present in South America, and how a multidisciplinary approach in referral cancer centers conformed of specialized urologists, medical oncologists, and mental health professionals can maximize patient outcomes.
International urology and nephrology. 2023 Sep 12 [Epub ahead of print]
Kevin A Diaz, Sandra Liliana Amaya, Herney Andrés García-Perdomo
UROGIV Research Group, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Universidad del Valle, Cll 4B #36-00, Cali, Colombia., UROGIV Research Group, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Universidad del Valle, Cll 4B #36-00, Cali, Colombia. .