Consensus on Treatment and Follow-Up for Biochemical Recurrence in Castration-Sensitive Prostate Cancer: A Report From the First Global Prostate Cancer Consensus Conference for Developing Countries

To present a summary of the treatment and follow-up recommendations for the biochemical recurrence in castration-sensitive prostate cancer (PCa) acquired through a questionnaire administered to 99 PCa experts from developing countries during the Prostate Cancer Consensus Conference for Developing Countries.

A total of 27 questions were identified as related to this topic from more than 300 questions. The clinician’s responses were tallied and presented in a percentage format. Topics included the use of imaging for staging biochemical recurrence, treatment recommendations for three different clinical scenarios, the field of radiation recommended, and follow-up. Each question had 5-7 relevant response options, including “abstain” and/or “unqualified to answer,” and investigated not only recommendations but also if a limitation in resources would change the recommendation.

For most questions, a clear majority (> 50%) of clinicians agreed on a recommended treatment for imaging, treatment scenarios, and follow-up, although only a few topics reached a consensus > 75%. Limited resources did affect several areas of treatment, although in many cases, they reinforced more stringent criteria for treatment such as prostate-specific antigen values > 0.2 ng/mL and STAMPEDE inclusion criteria as a basis for recommending treatment.

A majority of clinicians working in developing countries with limited resources use similar cutoff points and selection criteria to manage patients treated for biochemically recurrent castration-sensitive PCa.

What is a good result after clubfoot treatment? A Delphi-based consensus on success by regional clubfoot trainers from across Africa.

Congenital talipes equino-varus (CTEV), also known as clubfoot, is one of the most common congenital musculoskeletal malformations. Despite this, considerable variation exists in the measurement of deformity correction and outcome evaluation. This study aims to determine the criteria for successful clubfoot correction using the Ponseti technique in low resource settings through Africa.Using the Delphi method, 18 experienced clubfoot practitioners and trainers from ten countries in Africa ranked the importance of 22 criteria to define an ‘acceptable or good clubfoot correction’ at the end of bracing with the Ponseti technique. A 10cm visual analogue scale was used. They repeated the rating with the results of the mean scores and standard deviation of the first test provided. The consistency among trainers was determined with the intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC). From the original 22 criteria, ten criteria with a mean score >7 and SD 9 and SD<1.5.The consensus definition of a successfully treated clubfoot includes: (1) a plantigrade foot, (2) the ability to wear a normal shoe, (3) no pain, and (4) the parent is satisfied. Participants demonstrated good consistency in rating these final criteria (ICC 0.88; 0.74,0.97).The consistency of Ponseti technique trainers from Africa in rating criteria for a successful outcome of clubfoot management was good. The consensus definition includes basic physical assessment, footwear use, pain and parent satisfaction.

Exploratory analysis into reasonable timeframes for the provision of neurosurgical care in low- and middle-income countries.

In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), 11.8% of the need for neurosurgical care is met. Delays in seeking and receiving care may further exacerbate this. Objective analysis of delay and its consequences is contingent on reference to established resource-appropriate acceptable timeframes. This study sought to 1) establish an estimate of the landscape of care provided in LMICs and 2) explore reasonable timeframes for various stages of patient-healthcare interaction.Consensus input from neurosurgeons in select LMICs was collected; one high-income country (HIC) was included for comparison. In phase 1, participants were asked to select neurosurgical procedures performed at their centers. In phase 2, based on procedures shared among all LMICs, representative case scenarios were generated and participants provided input on acceptable timeframes for each stage of patient-healthcare interaction: 1) presentation to health services, 2) diagnosis by primary care physician, 3) referral to neurosurgical specialist care, and 4) definitive neurosurgical management.Twenty neurosurgeons across 18 centers were identified; twelve participated in phase 1 and 7 in phase 2. The range of procedures offered was broad, similar in scope to HICs, and included pediatric and adult neurosurgery, trauma, degenerative spine, and hemorrhagic stroke. Acceptable timeframes had wide ranges in certain cases; however, the overall trend demonstrated agreement between the participants.This exploratory analysis identified reasonable timeframes for the provision of neurosurgical care in LMICs. If validated, this data can be used to more objectively assess the prevalence of delay in neurosurgical care in individual LMICs, along with its consequences.