The new EAU Section of Urologists in Office (ESUO) has focused on prostate biopsy issues in Copenhagen during its ’first’ annual meeting, following its official launch last year in London. The topic is of prime concern to office urologists with recent and still evolving changes in prostate cancer detection novel imaging techniques.
“We have headlined our Copenhagen meeting as All about prostate biopsy in office as this reflects an important method in urologic office done in all countries,” said ESUO Chairman Prof. Dr. Helmut Haas (DE).
The widely-attended session was moderated by office urologists, with expert lectures by Profs. Maurice Stephan Michel (DE) and Jochen Walz (FR), and Drs. Stefan Czarniecki (PL), Stefan Haensel (NL), and Robert Schneider (CH). Michel discussed indications for biopsy, patient preparation and biopsy procedures. Walz, meanwhile, examined TRUS- and MRI-guided biopsies, patient selection, benefits, drawbacks of various scenarios and future prospects.
Management of biopsy complications was taken up by Haensel, while Czarniecki explored the role of biomarkers in prostate cancer detection. Schneider looked into pioneering experiences and lessons from a fusion biopsy network in Switzerland.
“We aim to have an interactive session as much as possible, stimulating the audience to provide critical views and feedback back to the panel of speakers,” said Haas in preparation for the meeting. Aside from Haas, chairing the session are three ESUO members including Dr. Horst Brenneis (DE), Dr. Stefan Haensel (NL) and Dr. Robert Schneider (CH) who provided preliminary remarks and lead the case discussions. The meeting took place within a friendly interactive atmosphere, with very active audience participation.
In Copenhagen, the section has created an Office Urologists Itinerary that tracked and identified various meetings or sessions during the five-day EAU18 congress that were relevant or of interest to office urologists. This designation was highly visible in the Congress program, allowing for easy identification of office urology relevant events.
“Our section has created an itinerary for the congress in Copenhagen which flags and scores the congress’ sessions according to their importance for office urologists. This will help our members or other office urologists to easily identify which sessions can add as a priority to their congress agenda,” Haas said.
Our section offers collaboration, especially based on the fact that most of the new developments in diagnostics and non-surgical therapy have to be transferred to outpatients under outpatient conditions
Offering its expertise
He also mentioned that aside from collaboration with other Sections, the ESUO is also ready to offer its own expertise. “Our section offers collaboration, especially based on the fact that most of the new developments in diagnostics and non-surgical therapy have to be transferred to outpatients under outpatient conditions. This means either in outpatient departments or in urologic offices. Office urologists know best the medical and patient-related considerations and administrative rules under which this can be done successfully,” Haas explained.
Haas said that as a new office under the auspices of the EAU, the section is taking all efforts for it to achieve its aims. “Aside from promoting the ESUO to other EAU section offices and affiliates, we have conducted several surveys not only to find out the basic issues that concern office urologists but also to expand our contacts. We appreciate every little effort from our partners, both current and potential, that will help us expand the network of office urology,” Haas said.
ESUO on Twitter at last
As the Congress neared, the @EAUESUO Section Twitter account was officially launched providing Urologists everywhere easy access to practice-changing developments, continued education, and support from colleagues. The aim of the account is to address the core issues that affect and are of interest to office urologists in Social Media, providing a practical perspective of the #eauguidelines for office urologists. Please follow the account to benefit from this feed in your daily practice.
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