ACR Appropriateness Criteria® definitive therapy for early-stage cervical cancer

William Small, Jonathan B Strauss, Anuja Jhingran, Catheryn M Yashar, Higinia R Cardenes, Beth A Erickson-Wittmann, Norleena Gullett, Elizabeth Kidd, Larissa J Lee, Nina A Mayr, David Moore, Ajmel A Puthawala, Gautam G Rao, Mahesh A Varia, Andrew O Wahl, Aaron H Wolfson, William Yuh, David K Gaffney
American Journal of Clinical Oncology 2012, 35 (4): 399-405

OBJECTIVES: The definitive treatment of early-stage cervical cancer involves multidisciplinary decision making. This expert panel was convened to reach consensus on the selection of appropriate therapies based on patient and disease characteristics at presentation.

METHODS: The American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed every 2 years by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and review include an extensive analysis of current medical literature from peer reviewed journals and the application of a well-established consensus methodology (modified Delphi) to rate the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures by the panel. In those instances where evidence is lacking or not definitive, expert opinion may be used to recommend imaging or the treatment.

RESULTS: Three clinical variants were developed to represent common scenarios in the treatment of early-stage cervical cancer. Group members reached consensus on the appropriateness of therapeutic options. This process yielded numerical ratings and descriptive commentary.

CONCLUSIONS: This manuscript represents the consensus opinion of an expert panel based on a survey of all available medical literature. This manuscript may be used to inform the clinical decision making of physicians involved in the treatment of early-stage cervical cancer.

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