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Prostate Cancer

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 23 October 2008, Official Report, columns 523-4W, on prostate cancer, when the most recent round of peer review visits were carried out; what percentage of prostate cancer patients are being managed by multi-disciplinary team meetings; and what percentage of primary care trusts are managing all their prostate cancer patients by multi-disciplinary team meetings throughout their care. (250415)

The most recent round of national cancer peer reviews took place from November 2004 to March 2007. Peer review looks at multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) by cancer network not by primary care trust.

The most recent round of national cancer peer review showed that in 90 per cent. of local urology MDTs and in 94 per cent. of specialist urology MDTs, all new urological patients, including prostate cancer patients, were reviewed by the MDTs.

The information requested on the management of patients by MDTs throughout their care is not available centrally.