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

Understanding how prostate cancer patients value the current treatment options for metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer.

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Understanding how prostate cancer patients value the current treatment options for metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer.

Urol Oncol. 2018 Feb 14;:

Authors: Benidir T, Hersey K, Finelli A, Hamilton R, Joshua AM, Kulkarni G, Zlotta A, Fleshner N

Several new compounds are now available for castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Individual costs range between $40,000 and $93,000 with mean survival extensions from 2.4 to 4.8 months. Currently, it remains unclear how patients with prostate cancer (PCa) value the effect of these therapies in the setting of CRPC.
OBJECTIVE: To assess patient understanding of core cancer concepts, opinions on the cost and overall benefit of CRPC drugs, whether out-of-pocket costs would change opinions and whether patients would ultimately opt out of CRPC drug treatment for an end-of-life (EOL) premium.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a qualitative survey among patients with various PCa states ranging from active surveillance to CRPC and from various familial, financial and educational demographics. Through a series of hypothetical scenarios, we extrapolated opinions on CRPC drug value, efficacy and monetary worth. We assessed patient willingness to accept an EOL ($50,000) premium in lieu of CRPC drug treatment. Statistically, chi-squared analysis and Fisher's exact test were used when appropriate.
RESULTS: In total, 103 patients completed the questionnaire, one-half of whom did not understand "advanced PCa" state and more than one-third of the concept of palliative care despite multiple meetings with Urologists. Patients willingness-to-pay and proposed drug value was higher than that accepted by government when government funded, with costs exceeding $250,000 per person, but lower than that accepted by government when self-funded. A majority (60%) would accept/consider the EOL premium in the setting of CRPC. Patients with higher education were more skeptical about CRPC drug value and more likely to accept the EOL premium (P = 0.003.) CONCLUSION: Patients have an incomplete understanding of their own disease prognosis and its therapeutic options. This ultimately influences patient decision-making. Education, income and out-of-pocket costs diminished opinion of CRPC drugs considerably. As such, an EOL premium should be considered in subsets of patients.

PMID: 29454590 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]