Strategies of Endoscopic Management of Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma among Endourologists: A Global Survey

Asaf Shvero*, Orel Carmona, Dorit E. Zilberman, Zohar A. Dotan, Miki Haifler, Nir Kleinmann

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Abstract

Up-to-date guidelines on the management of upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) are continuously published. We aim to assess the variability of diagnosis and treatment strategies in the endoscopic management of UTUC and adherence to European Association of Urology and National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines. A 15-question survey was designed to query practitioners on approaches to clinical practice and knowledge about endoscopic treatment indications and techniques. It was emailed to all members of the Endourologic Society through the society’s office, and to all Israeli non-member endourologists. Eighty-eight urologists participated in the survey. Adherence to guidelines on indications for endoscopic management was only 51%. Most of the survey respondents (87.5%) use holmium laser for tumor ablation, and ~50% use forceps for biopsy while the other half use baskets. Only 50% stated that they would use Jelmyto® for specific indications. Most (80%) indicated that they repeat the ureteroscopy 3 months after the first one, and 52.3% continue with follow-up ureteroscopy every 3 months during the first year after diagnosis. There is vast variability among endourologists in the technical aspects of UTUC, the indications for endoscopic management, and adherence to the available guidelines for managing UTUC.

Original languageEnglish
Article number591
JournalJournal of Personalized Medicine
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2023

Keywords

  • laser surgery
  • nephron-sparing surgery
  • upper tract urothelial carcinoma
  • ureteroscopy

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