Tony Finelli


Chief of Urology, University Health Network
GU Site Lead, Princess Margaret Cancer Center
Associate Professor
University of Toronto


(416) 946-2851



Dr. Tony Finelli is a urologic oncologist and surgeon investigator at the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He is the Chief of Urology, GU Site Lead at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center and the inaugural GU Oncology Lead for the province of Ontario (Cancer Care Ontario).

Dr. Finelli conducts health services research in urologic oncology with an interest in identifying gaps in care and designing knowledge translation strategies to overcome them. He is also actively involved in clinical trials. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and holds peer-reviewed funding for research in prostate and kidney cancer.

Dr. Finelli’s clinical practice focuses on the management of urologic malignancies with minimally invasive and robotic techniques. He has performed live surgery for instructional purposes in more than 10 countries. Dr Finelli is recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to minimally invasive urologic oncology.

Areas of Specialty and Research Interests

Affiliated Hospital(s)

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (UHN), Toronto General Hospital (UHN)

Latest Publications

Gender-based psychological and physical distress differences in patients diagnosed with non-metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

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Gender-based psychological and physical distress differences in patients diagnosed with non-metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

World J Urol. 2020 Jan 01;:

Authors: Ajaj R, Cáceres JOH, Berlin A, Wallis CJD, Chandrasekar T, Klaassen Z, Ahmad AE, Leao R, Finelli A, Fleshner N, Goldberg H

OBJECTIVES: To analyze gender-based differences in distress symptoms in patients with non-metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) at different stages of disease.
METHODS: The Edmonton Symptom Assessment System-revised (ESAS-r) questionnaire includes a physical (PHSDSS) and a psychological distress sub-score (PDSS). The ESAS-r was used to measure psychological and physical distress symptoms in localized RCC patients in a major cancer referral center between 2014 and 2017 at four predefined time points: (a) diagnosis, (b) biopsy, (c) surgery, and (d) last follow-up. Results were gender stratified, and multivariable linear regression models were used to determine associations with increased sub-scores.
RESULTS: Overall, 495 patients were included with 37.2% females. No significant gender differences were seen in mean age, relevant clinical parameters, and treatment. PDSS was significantly higher in females after diagnosis (8.5 vs. 5.1, p = 0.018), biopsy (8.9 vs. 4.1, p = 0.003), and surgery (6.5 vs. 4.4, p = 0.007), while being similar at the last follow-up. The multivariable model demonstrated a statistically significant association of female gender with higher PDSS after diagnosis (B = 3.755, 95% CI 0.761-6.750), biopsy (B = 6.076, 95% CI 2.701-9.451), and surgery (B = 1.974, 95% CI 0.406-3.542). PHSDSS was significantly higher in females after biopsy (10.0 vs. 5.7, p = 0.028) and surgery (8.6 vs. 6.1, p = 0.022). In the multivariable model, female gender conferred a higher PHSDSS only after surgery (B = 2.384, 95% CI 0.208-4.560).
CONCLUSIONS: Gender-associated psychological distress differences exist in non-metastatic RCC patients throughout treatment, while dissipating at last follow-up. Emphasis should be placed on screening for distress symptoms and providing psychological support continuously, particularly for female patients.

PMID: 31893313 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]