American journal of clinical oncology vol:23 issue:5 pages:431-7
The purpose of this symposium was to provide a forum for discussion on current information on the etiology and diagnosis of, and therapy for, tumors of the kidney, testis, and several uncommon malignancies of the genitourinary tract. The most recent contributions in epidemiology and molecular genetics were discussed with specific reference to their importance for clinical practice. Contemporary treatment approaches with the emphasis on multidisciplinary patient management of tumors commonly seen in the clinic as well as those that are only rarely diagnosed by urooncologists were presented. Major stress was given to the management optimization as it pertains to short- and long-term quality of life issues of patients treated for these tumors. Methods to reduce treatment toxicity including carcinogenic potential of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or their combination were found to be of nearly equal importance to patient survival. Symposium participants reached consensus on a number of important points: 1) The management of patients with several malignancies discussed requires the presence of a multidisciplinary team of specialist who are interested in diagnosis and treatment of genitourinary tumors; 2) Patients managed in such an environment are expected to have optimal survival and the best possible quality of life; 3) Real advances in the management of patients can be best obtained through well-designed prospective clinical trials; and 4) There is a need for timely introduction of relevant advances in epidemiology and molecular genetics to clinics.