To determine the completeness of the examination of cancer patient cases in a multidisciplinary team meeting (MDTM), to study the factors that can affect this examination and to assess the quality of the MDTM concerning prostate cancer in Tarn.
Completeness was estimated by comparing the database of the Tarn cancer registry containing all the inhabitants of this department for whom prostate cancer was diagnosed in 2007 with the list of patients living in Tarn whose cases were discussed during a Midi-Pyrénées MDTM. Determinants of the case discussion in MDTM were studied from data collected in medical records (age, stage at diagnosis, PSA level, Gleason score, treatment). The MDTM quality study (delay in management, whether the case was seen before or after treatment, required elements for MDTM, clinical data, conformity between suggested treatment and guidelines, adequacy between suggested and performed treatments) was based on the MDTM forms retrieved from the DCO and from medical records.
Four hundred and fifty-nine patients were re-examined. The pretherapeutic passage rate within three months after diagnosis was 56.2%. The probability of a discussion in MDTM decreased for people over 85 years of age (OR=0.10) compared with the 70–74 year-old people and it increased for the N+M+ (OR=4.23) compared with the T1–T2. Patients for whom radiotherapy was considered were presented more frequently than the others. The MDTM quality was studied based on 220 DCO forms. The patient’s physician attended the MDTM in 65% of the cases, 97% of the suggested treatments were consistent with the guidelines and 90% of the performed treatments complied with the suggested treatment.
The discussion rate in MDTM has not reached the 100% planned by the first “plan cancer” yet, but when a MDTM was carried out, its compliance and adequacy were high. While seniors’ cases require interdisciplinarity because of a complicated management, they were less discussed in MDTM.