Guidelines, minimal requirements and standard of cancer care around the Mediterranean Area: Report from the Collaborative AROME (Association of Radiotherapy and Oncology of the Mediterranean Area) working parties AROME

Gligorov J., Arsovski O., Belkacemi Y., Bachouchi M., Penault-Llorca F., Chauvet M., ...More

CRITICAL REVIEWS IN ONCOLOGY HEMATOLOGY, vol.78, no.1, pp.1-16, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Guidelines are produced in oncology to facilitate clinical decision making and improve clinical practice. However, existing guidelines are mainly developed for countries with a certain availability of means and cultural aspects are rarely taken into account. Around the Mediterranean Area, countries share common cultural backgrounds but also great disparities with respect to availability of means; current guidelines by most societies are not applicable to all of those countries. Association of Radiotherapy and Oncology of the Mediterranean Area (AROME) is a scientific organization for the promotion and overcoming of inequalities in oncology clinical practice around the Mediterranean Area. In an effort to accomplish this goal, members of the AROME society have developed clinical recommendations for most common cancer sites in countries around the Mediterranean Area. The structure of these recommendations lies in the concept of minimal requirements vs. standard of care; they are being presented and discussed in the main text. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.