Guidelines on Testicular Cancer: 2015 Update

Peter Albers, Walter Albrecht, Ferran Algaba, Carsten Bokemeyer, Gabriella Cohn-Cedermark, Karim Fizazi, Alan Horwich, Maria Pilar Laguna, Nicola Nicolai, Jan Oldenburg
European Urology 2015, 68 (6): 1054-68

CONTEXT: This is an update of the previous European Association of Urology testis cancer guidelines published in 2011, which included major changes in the diagnosis and treatment of germ cell tumours.

OBJECTIVE: To summarise latest developments in the treatment of this rare disease. Recommendations have been agreed within a multidisciplinary working group consisting of urologists, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists.

EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A semi-structured literature search up to February 2015 was performed to update the recommendations. In addition, this document was subjected to double-blind peer review before publication.

EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: This publication focuses on the most important changes in treatment recommendations for clinical stage I disease and the updated recommendations for follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS: Most changes in the recommendations will lead to an overall reduction in treatment burden for patients with germ cell tumours. In advanced stages, treatment intensification is clearly defined to further improve overall survival rates.

PATIENT SUMMARY: This is an update of a previously published version of the European Association of Urology guidelines for testis cancer, and includes new recommendations for clinical stage I disease and revision of the follow-up recommendations. Patients should be fully informed of all the treatment options available to them.

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