Waiting times for prostate cancer: a review

  • Giacomo Lazzeri Department of Molecular and Developmental Medicine, University of Siena; Hospital Direction, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Italy.
  • Gianmarco Troiano | gianmarco.troiano@student.unisi.it University of Siena, Italy.
  • Barbara Rita Porchia Hospital Direction, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Siena, Italy.
  • Federica Centauri Hospital Direction, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Siena, Italy.
  • Vincenzo Mezzatesta Hospital Direction, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Siena, Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6975-6442
  • Giorgio Presicce Hospital Direction, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Siena, Italy.
  • Daniela Matarrese Director of the Hospital Network, Azienda USL Toscana Centro, Italy.
  • Roberto Gusinu Medical Chief Director, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Italy.

Abstract

Prostate cancer is one of the most common diagnosed cancer in men and the waiting time has become an important issue not only for clinical reasons, but mostly for the psychological implications on patients. The aim of our study was to review and analyze the literature on waiting times for prostate cancer. In February-March 2019 we performed a search for original peer-reviewed papers in the electronic database PubMed (MEDLINE). The key search terms were “prostate cancer AND waiting list”, “prostate cancer AND waiting times”. We included in our narrative review articles in Italian, English or French, published in 2009-2019 containing original data about the waiting times for prostate cancer. The literature search yielded 680 publications. Finally, we identified 8 manuscripts eligible for the review. The articles were published between 2010 and 2019; the studies involved a minimum of 16 to a maximum of 95,438 participants. Studies have been conducted in 6 countries. The waiting times from cancer suspicion to histopathological diagnosis and to treatment had an important reduction in the last years, and this constant decrease could lead to an increase of patients' satisfaction.

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Published
2020-06-04
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Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis
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prostate cancer, waiting time, review
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Lazzeri, G., Troiano, G., Porchia, B. R., Centauri, F., Mezzatesta, V., Presicce, G., Matarrese, D., & Gusinu, R. (2020). Waiting times for prostate cancer: a review. Journal of Public Health Research, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/jphr.2020.1778