ORP vs. RALP re-visited

A newly published report in The Lancet Oncology has pretty much finally confirmed what many of us have been assuming for a long time now: … READ MORE …

Functional outcomes for patients after differing types of radical prostatectomy

A newly published paper in the British Journal of Cancer has reported on  patient-reported functional outcomes following robot-assisted laparoscopic (RALP), non-robot-assisted laparoscopic (LRP), and open (ORP) forms of radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

Of ORPs and RALPs: data from the Victorian Prostate Cancer Registry

Data from just over 2,000 prostate cancer patients in the Victorian Prostate Cancer Registry (VPCR, from the State of Victoria, Australia) suggest some difference in outcomes between men receiving open and robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery for localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The surgical learning curve and post-RALP outcomes over time

Two new and quite separate papers offer rather different perspectives on the value of robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) as a first-line treatment for the management of localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

RALP in treatment of high-risk prostate cancer: a systematic review

Researchers from City of Hope in Los Angeles have conducted an expert, systematic review of the published literature on the use of robot-assisted, laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) in the management of high-risk, localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Pelvic lymph node dissection and robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy

With the introduction of robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) there came suggestions from some surgeons that this technique made pelvic lymph node dissection (PLND) more difficult. However, a new review by a respected international group of authors clearly disagrees with this suggestion. … READ MORE …

ORRP vs. RALP in a large cohort of high-risk patients with localized prostate cancer

A relatively large, retrospective, single-institution cohort study appears to show that oncologic outcomes after robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) are comparable to those achieved after open retropubic radical prostatectomy (ORRP) among high-risk patients when the operations are carried out by appropriately skilled and experienced surgeons. … READ MORE …