Continence and sexual function after RALP as opposed to LRP

A paper just published in European Urology claims that prostate cancer patients treated with robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) recover continence and sexual function faster than those treated with non-robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery (LRP). … 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 …

Prostate cancer news reports: Saturday, February 20, 2010

In today’s news reports we comment briefly on recent papers that deal with:

  • Radical prostatectomy in men > 75 years of age
  • The impact of anticoagulant therapy on clinical outcomes after radiation therapy
  • The “feasibility” of pre-surgical, docetaxel-based chemotherapy in high-risk patients … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Thursday, February 18, 2010

Today’s news reports include commentary on studies dealing with:

  • Whether RALP outcomes are really comparable to those from RRP
  • Surgical expertise, surgical caseload, and pelvic lymphadenectomy in treatment of intermediate- and high-risk prostate cancer
  • Sexual function after first-line treatment with SBRT (CyberKnife)
  • Distinguishing true biochemical recurrence from a PSA “bounce” after 125I-based prostate brachytherapy … READ MORE …

More on the surgical learning curve for LRP

A study to appear in Lancet Oncology has reported information on the surgical learning curve associated with (non-robotic) laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP). The study appears to confirm prior reports that LRP is a difficult technique to learn to do well. … READ MORE …

The Tuesday news report: January 20, 2009

Today’s inauguration day (here in the USA) news reports address:

  • Obesity and prostate cancer screening PSA levels
  • The possible association of bone mineral density with prostate cancer risk in older men
  • Soy, genistein, and the inhibition of prostaglandins
  • Pathologic prostate specimen weight and perioperative outcomes in LRP … READ MORE …

New year’s day reports: January 1, 2009

There are three reports in our first daily report for 2009, dealing with issues as varied as genetic profiling for prostate cancer risk, the relative merits of LRP and RALP, and the management of geriatric prostate cancer patients who are on long-term hormone therapy. … READ MORE …