RALP not associated with better continence, sexual function after prostate cancer surgery

The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink has long been pointing out the lack of any evidence that men who are treated with robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) will have better outcomes with respect to continence and sexual function than men who elect to have the older, “open” form of radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

Robot-assisted surgery is not necessarily better than open surgery

As we regularly point out, outcomes after surgery for prostate cancer are massively impacted by the skill, the experience, and the focus of the surgeon. The tools he or she uses to carry out the surgery may or may not be a factor. We simply do not really know. … READ MORE …

Inguinal hernia after open radical retropubic prostatectomy

A review article published on-line in Nature Reviews Urology has suggested that over the past decade some 15 to 20 percent of men undergoing open radical retropublic prostatectomy (RRP) as first-line treatment for prostate cancer have an inguinal hernia as a complication of their treatment. … READ MORE …

Comparative evaluation of open vs. robot-assisted surgery for localized prostate cancer

A new paper in the Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology has provided detailed information about the design and conduct of an ongoing, prospective, non-randomized trial comparing open radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP) to robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) in treatment of localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Comparative data on open and robot-assisted prostatectomy in “low caseload” facilities

A newly reported Swiss study provides us with what appear to be some sound comparative data on the relative merits of open radical prostatectomy (RP) and robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RALP) at a center with a relatively low-volume caseload. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Saturday, May 1, 2010

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

  • A compound panel of markers for predicting risk for prostate cancer
  • Open vs. robot-assisted radical prostatectomy: urologists’ perceptions
  • Clinically relevant quality of life assessment after first-line therapy
  • A compound panel of markers for predicting overall survival of patients with CRPC … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

In today’s new reports we summarize information from recent papers dealing with:

  • Apical biopsy cores in initial diagnosis of prostate cancer
  • Imaging studies in the initial work-up of newly diagnosed patients
  • Intrafascial dissection of peri-prostatic tissue during laparoscopic surgery
  • Similarity of short-term rates of biochemical recurrence after open surgery or RALP
  • Does how we define post-surgical biochemical recurrence matter — and if so, when? … READ MORE …