Theme of this symposium was Best screening, diagnosis and treatments with MRI and Surgery without incision – How to enhance implementation of evidence-based innovations to improve quality of life of all prostate cancer patients
Many innovative interventions have been developed to help maintain and improve the quality of life of people with cancer. Although a number of these interventions are evidence-based, implementation after the research phase often does not take place or only on a limited scale (i.e., locally, within or nearby the setting where the intervention was developed). As a result, only a limited number of patients have access to these evidence-based innovations.
What are the barriers? What new developments are available and are not implemented for all the eligible patients?
‘How to enhance implementation of evidence-based innovations to improve quality of life of all prostate cancer patients?’ is the central theme of this symposium.
Of course, it starts with good screening and an excellent diagnosis. We can do better than we do in general. We have the best diagnosis available in some excellent cancer centres and use them. Nevertheless, we do not use them for all the patients. That’s not only unfair, it’s simply wrong and discriminating.
We know how to do better, we want to do better and we can do better in screening, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. So why not do it?
This congress was meant to deliver some excellent state of the art presentations after which we will work in sessions towards a manifesto that brings us the answer to this important question and delivers us the way to go so that we stop discriminating between patients and bring all of them the best care! We discussed and worked with an international group of specialists from different expertise.
We start in the Netherlands but will aim for Brussel and Europe as well. We will deliver a manifesto that helps us in realize our goals.