Columnist calls on urologists to disclose prostatectomy rates and related data

In one of his regular video columns on the Medscape web site, Dr. Gerald Chodak has called on his colleagues in the urology community to voluntarily disclose data about their prostatectomy experience to patients interested in surgical treatment for localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Exactly who is doing your radical prostatectomy for you?

According to a newly published article in Urologic Oncology, at least 85 percent of all radical prostatectomies in America are now performed using robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP). Actually, this is hardly a surprise. However, … READ MORE …

Patient satisfaction during and after the decision to undergo radical prostatectomy for localized prostate cancer

A paper to be presented at the upcoming AUA annual meeting from what appears to be an ex-US group of clinicians continues to demonstrate the fact that many men get surgical treatment for prostate cancer without anything like a full appreciation of the clinical problem, their treatment options, or the potential consequences. … READ MORE …

It’s not the robot, it’s (almost certainly) the humans that are the problem

Prostate Cancer International, on this site and even more so on its associated social network, has long emphasized the importance of physician focus, skill, and experience as being key factors in the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer — regardless of the specific types of technology that may be being applied. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer, dating, and “the inevitable conversation”

One of our regular correspondents has brought to our attention a recent article on the CureToday.com web site that deals with dating and cancer (with prostate cancer being a specific example referred to in the article). … READ MORE …

Experience certainly improves technical skill at RALP

There has been a lot of media noise about a poster presented at the Genitourinary Cancer Symposium. The poster supposedly suggests that it takes 1,600 robot-assisted procedures (RALP) to be really good at this form of surgery. … READ MORE …

Surgical experience, caseload, and short-term complications at radical prostatectomy

No data have previously been available on the relationship between surgical experience, surgical volume and complication and transfusion rates in patients undergoing minimally invasive forms of radical prostatectomy (e.g., laparoscopic radical prostatectomy with or without robot assistance). … READ MORE …