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 …

RALP vs. open surgery: “similar functional outcomes at 12 weeks”

Back in July we reported the initial publication on line of the results of a randomized Phase III trial by Yaxley et al. that compared the initial outcomes of open radical retropubic prostatectomy to robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP). This paper has now been published by The Lancet along with two sets of editorial commentary. … READ MORE …

RALP vs. ORP: data from a randomized Phase III clinical trial

A newly published paper in The Lancet has provided us with data from a randomized, Phase III, clinical trial of open radical retropubic prostatecomy (ORP) vs. robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) in the surgical treatment of localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The end to WHAT controversy?

In an extraordinary editorial in the July issue of the Journal of Urology, Dr. Michael Koch of the University of Indiana School of Medicine makes the following statement: … 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 …

Risk for conversion from minimally invasive to open surgery for prostate cancer patients

A new paper in the Journal of Urology provides us with a detailed assessment of the likelihood of and the risks associated with the need to convert from a minimally invasive (e.g., robot-assisted) to an open surgical procedure during the course of a radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …