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GAP_Clinica_Alemana.jpgBy Karen V. Francis, Project Director, Global Academic Programs

Specialists from MD Anderson recently participated in a Uro-Oncology Update, which was jointly organized by our faculty and their colleagues at Clinica Alemana in Santiago, Chile.

Clinica Alemana is one of our three sister institutions located in South America. Since 2003 when our agreement was signed, Clinica Alemana faculty have continued to collaborate with their MD Anderson colleagues in the departments of Urology, Genitourinary Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology regarding novel treatments and technologies used in the fields of prostate, renal, bladder and testicular cancers.

MD Anderson faculty who participated in the symposium were Colin Dinney, M.D., Christopher Wood, M.D., John Davis, M.D., Ashish Kamat, M.D., Randall Millikan, M.D., Ph.D., and Deborah Kuban, M.D. George Thalmann, M.D., chair of Urology at the University Hospital of Bern in Switzerland, also participated.

A total of 166 attendees participated in the two-day course, with the majority being physicians. Other attendees were residents, fellows, interns, nurses and pharmacists. Most were from the metropolitan area of Santiago, with representation from almost all of the public and private hospitals and teaching universities. 

Dinney emphasized the multidisciplinary care of these cancers, which involves coordinating with urologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists. He commented that "MD Anderson has a trusting and cultivated relationship with Clinica Alemana, which provides the opportunity for us to extend our expertise and discoveries in genitourinary oncology to benefit those living in Chile, and by doing so, extends our influence well beyond the boundaries of Texas and the United States."
 
More than 1,600 Chileans die each year from prostate cancer. Recent studies have shown that with an annual exam, that number can be reduced by 20% to 50%.


Mario Fernandez, M.D., a urologist at Clinica Alemana and director of the symposium, noted that courses like this are very helpful and practical from the clinical perspective, and that we must continue to recognize the importance of quality, evidence-based science in daily practice.


He added that it's equally relevant to coordinate a multidisciplinary team. In the end, the great benefit is realized by the patient.


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