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    Testis Ca care deviates from guidelines in 30% of patients

    Inappropriate imaging studies most frequent departure from guidelines, study finds

    Badar M. Mian, MDBadar M. Mian, MD

    “Journal Article of the Month” is a new Urology Times section in which Badar M. Mian, MD, in which Badar M. Mian, MD (left), offers perspective on noteworthy research in the peer-reviewed literature.  Dr. Mian is associate professor of surgery in the division of urology at Albany Medical College, Albany, NY.

     

    Nearly one-third of men with testicular cancer undergo diagnostic or therapeutic interventions that are at odds with guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), according a study published in the Journal of Urology (2017; 197:684-9).

    Kevin Wymer, MD, and co-authors from the University of Chicago; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles reported that non-guideline-directed care could be identified in 30% of men with testicular cancer.

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    The investigators retrospectively analyzed their pooled data to determine the extent to which testicular cancer care follows the NCCN guidelines. Of the 705 consecutive patients with testicular tumor, 80% had the diagnosis made elsewhere before referral to these centers. After excluding non-germ cell or secondary or benign tumors, 536 patients had detailed records available for analysis.

    A mismatch between the documented care and the 2015 NCCN guidelines was noted in 177 patients (30%). Higher likelihood of mismatched care was noted in Hispanic men or those who underwent an orchiectomy at a community site or had pain at presentation or had metastatic disease. The mismatched care was classified into four categories: overtreatment, under-treatment, misdiagnosis, and inappropriate treatment.

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