Post-op pelvic anatomy after RALP and open surgery

According to an article by Hirsch et al. in the inaugural issue of Practical Radiation Oncology (a new journal for radiation oncologists and their staff), there are some small but significant post-operative differences in pelvic anatomy between patients who undergo robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) as opposed to standard, open forms of radical prostatectomy. … 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 …

Does type of surgery make a difference to prostate cancer outcomes?

A new analysis of the outcomes of different types of radical prostatectomy appears to show no difference between the patients’ clinical outcomes following laparoscopic (including non-robot-assisted and robot-assisted) categories of surgery (LRP/RALP) and traditional “open” radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP) when used to treat Medicare patients of 66 years or older. … READ MORE …

LRP in a contemporary group of low-risk prostate cancer patients

A group in the UK has published data on the outcomes of a large, contemporary cohort of patients with low-risk prostate cancer who met the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines for management with active surveillance but who were in fact treated with laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) in a single surgeon series. … READ MORE …

It’s the surgeon not the type of surgery!

Bivalaqua and colleagues from Johns Hopkins Medical Center have reviewed progress in functional and oncologic outcomes after prostatectomy made during the past few decades. … READ MORE …

The vagina may not “be your friend,” but …

A while ago now, in “A note on NOTES,” Dr. Krongrad reported on his learnings from a symposium and workshop on single-port laparoscopic sugical techniques (as opposed to the common multi-port approches used by most urologists to carry out radical prostatectomy today). His article was widely read. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news update, PART B: Tuesday, July 28

Here is Part B of your daily prostate cancer news update. Unless someone announces a cure for prostate cancer we will probably hold any further news until tomorrow! … MORE …