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Prostate cancer programme
R. Valdagni, IT

Our approach:
The widely recognised benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer may be particularly important in prostate cancer, where there are so many treatment options to choose from. It offers patients the best chance of receiving high-quality medical procedures administered by a team of specialists in prostate disease, which is able to tailor treatment and observational strategies to their need, and ensure access to specialist counselling, supportive care and rehabilitation.

 “The Requirements of a Specialist Prostate Cancer Unit:
 A Discussion Paper From the European School of Oncology”
 Authors: Riccardo Valdagni, Peter Albers, Chris Bangma, Lawrence Drudge-Coates, Tiziana Magnani, Clare Moynihan, Chris Parker,
 Kathy Redmond, Cora N. Sternberg, Louis Denis,
Alberto Costa
 EJC, Volume 47, No. 1, January 2011 pages 1-7

 Click here to download the PDF version of the article.

The ESO Prostate Cancer Programme
ESO felt the need to organise specific educational activities in prostate cancer after the success of the Inside Track Conference: “Predictive Modelling in Prostate Cancer” held in Venice on 17-19 April 2008.
More than 240 participants from 23 countries attended  the talks by opinion leaders in the field of prostate cancer prediction (Gene profile, Biomarkers, Histopathology, Systems Pathology, Indolent Cancer, Surgery, Radiation, Medical Oncology, etc).

 1. Contribute culturally to the fight against prostate cancer
 2. Organise focused  educational events
 3. Support the advocacy group “Europa Uomo - The European Prostate Coalition” (
 4. Address the issue of the multidisciplinary management of prostate cancer

Core Topics
1. Predictive modelling
2. Active surveillance
3. Multidisciplinary and multiprofessional approach to and management of to the disease


1.  Predictive modelling
ESO Inside Track Conferences
 Predictive Modelling in Prostate Cancer
   17-19 April 2008, Venice, IT
   The proceedings of the Conference  are published in Cancer (Vol 115, Issue 13, July  1, 2009) 
   Further information available here
ESO-MSKCC joint conference - Prostate cancer: Predictive models for decision making
   7-9 April 2011, New York, US
2.  Active surveillance
ESO Inside Track Conference
 -  Active surveillance for low risk prostate cancer
   12-13 January 2012, Rotterdam, NL

- Active Surveillance for Low Risk Prostate Cancer 
  21-22 February 2014, Amsterdam, NL

- Active Surveillance for Low Risk Prostate Cancer 
  12-13 February 2016, Milan, IT
3. Multidisciplinary approach to the disease
Prostate Cancer Units


-  "The Requirements of a Specialist Prostate Cancer Unit.
   A Discussion  Paper From the European School of Oncology”
   EJC, Volume 47, No. 1, January 2011 pages 1-7
-  Poster “Prostate Cancer Units in Europe: from utopia to dream to reality?”
   Anticancer Research , vol. 31, n. 5, 2011 (abstract n. 247)

-  "Prostate Cancer Units – has it come the time to discuss this thorny issue and promote their establishment in Europe?"
   European Urology (accepted for publication, 31 July 2011)

-  Prostate Cancer Units: the Patients' perspective"
   European Urology (accepted for publication, 31 July 2011)

-  “Europa Uomo – The European Prostate Coalition” co-operates with ESO within the Prostate Programme.
   This is a contribution written by Louis Denis, Secretary of Europa Uomo.
   “Prostate cancer Units (PCU): A Patients’ Perspective
   ecancermedicalscience, 2 August 2011

Scientific sessions:

-  Multidisciplinary approach in genito-urinary oncology
   The prostate cancer sessions presented at ECCLU were approved by the Programme Coordinator    
   Educational cancer Convention Lugano (ECCLU) - What’s new and what’s true in genito-urinary oncology?
   12-14 May 2011, Lugano, CH (An ESO Conference supported by ESMO and held under the auspices of the ESU

-  Prostate Cancer Units in Italia: un modello perseguibile?  
   A Session organised at XXI Congresso Nazionale SIUrO,
   22-24 giugno 2011, Naples, IT    

Prostate Cancer Units: Purpose and requirements
   A European School of Oncology symposium
   ECCO-ESMO European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress
   25 September 2011 (16:45-18:15) - Stockholm, Sweden

- Multidisciplinary Care in Prostate Cancer Units: European Guidelines and Beyond  
  19 October 2016, Dublin, Ireland
  The Symposium was held during the Joint Irish Cancer Society (ICS) and International Psycho-Oncology Society  
  (IPOS) World Congress (17-21 October 2016)              

4.Prostate Cancer Observatory®
Innovation and care in the next 12 months

 The scope of the session is to provide the participants with a take home message on what they can expect to happen in the prostate cancer field in the next 12/24 months.
 - 1st ESO Prostate Cancer Observatory: innovation and care in the next 12 months 
  14 April 2014, Stockholm, Sweden
  Held during the 29th Annual EAU Congress (11-15 April 2014)
 - 2nd ESO Prostate Cancer Observatory: innovation and care in the next 12 months 
  20 March 2015, Madrid, Spain
  Held during the EAU15 Congress (20-24 March 2015)
 - 3rd ESO Prostate Cancer Observatory: innovation and care in the next 12 months 
  11 March 2016, Munich, Germany
  Held during the EAU16 Congress (11-15 March 2016)
 - ESO Observatory: What will change for men with advanced prostate cancer in the next 24 months?  
  10 March 2017, St. Gallen, Switzerland
  Held during the APCC - Advanced Prostate Cancer Conference (9-10 March 2017) 
 - 4th ESO Prostate Cancer Observatory: innovation and care in the next 12 months  
  24 March 2017, London, United Kingdom
  Held during the EAU17 Congress (24-28 March 2017)
5.e-learning activities
 Several outstanding e-sessions are organised  in the frame of to address the areas of interest and the topic of prostate cancer in general.
Please see

e-sessions on prostate cancer are scheduled regularly and can be attended here  

For further information please contact:
Roberta Ventura
ESO Prostate Cancer Programme