How are the ASTRO-AUA guidelines for external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) in prostate cancer categorized?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Isamettin Andrew Aral, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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In 2013, for the first time in their history, the two medical organizations most responsible for the treatment of prostate cancer in the United States—the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the American Urological Association (AUA)—issued a joint guideline, a series of 9 major statements on the use of radiation therapy (either adjuvant or salvage) after prostatectomy. The statements are categorized as follows [6, 7] :

  • Clinical principles - Wide agreement by urologists

  • Recommendations - Grade C; low-quality and certainty evidence

  • Standards - Grade A or B; high/moderate-quality and certainty evidence

  • Options – Nondirectives


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