The SWENOTECA group: A good example of continuous binational and multidisciplinary collaboration for patients with testicular cancer in Sweden and Norway

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this article is to present the Swedish and Norwegian Testicular Cancer Group (SWENOTECA), with an emphasis on the history of SWENOTECA, organization, results and current status. Materials and methods: SWENOTECA was founded in 1981 as a binational organization open to hospitals in Sweden and Norway treating testicular cancer. It has since published treatment protocols for testicular cancer and prospectively registered patients with testicular cancer. Today, all hospitals in Norway and Sweden involved in the care of testicular cancer participate in SWENOTECA, and all patients with testicular cancer are prospectively registered in a population-based database. Results: Nine protocols with standardized guidelines on the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of testicular cancer have been published. In addition to the guidelines, several studies have been performed or initiated within the scope of SWENOTECA. The details are presented in this article. Conclusions: SWENOTECA has been a very fruitful binational collaboration and has thoughtfully evolved over time. The group's continuous work and dedication have provided an example for other national and international cancer networks. The binational implementation of standardized guidelines has resulted in excellent patient outcomes, regardless of place of residence. Although testicular cancer is a relatively rare disease, the population-based binational organization of SWENOTECA has made it possible to publish some of the largest studies in the field of testicular cancer.

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Authors
  • Torgrim Tandstad
  • Olof Ståhl
  • Ulf Håkansson
  • Rolf Wahlqvist
  • Olbjorn Klepp
  • Eva Cavallin-Ståhl
  • Gabriella Cohn-Cedermark
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Cancer and Oncology

Keywords

  • Cancer registry, SWENOTECA, testicular cancer
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-13
JournalScandinavian Journal of Urology
Volume50
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes