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 …

Is Retzius-sparing radical prostatectomy the surgical wave of the future?

Back in the early 1980s, Dr. Patrick Walsh at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore changed the nature of surgical treatment for prostate cancer when he first started to conduct so-called nerve-sparing radical prostatectomies. … READ MORE …

Pre-surgical weight loss in the surgical treatment of prostate cancer

Overweight and obese prostate cancer patients are often advised to lose weight prior to surgery for the treatment of localized forms of prostate cancer. But is this really, always, a good idea? … READ MORE …

Is salvage radical prostatectomy really being under-used?

A new paper in the journal Clinical Genitourinary Cancer states that, “Salvage radical prostatectomy (SRP) is a treatment modality for patients with radio-recurrent prostate cancer but is currently underutilized.” The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink is significantly less than convinced of that premise. … READ MORE …

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy prior to surgery in higher-risk patients

A combined Russian and German research team has provided some interesting preliminary information on the use of neoadjuvant, low-dose docetaxel-based chemotherapy in treatment of intermediate- and high-risk patients prior to radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

Expectation management and sexual/erectile outcomes after radical prostatectomy

A newly published paper in BJU International has helped to make clear that many surgical patients have unrealistic expectations about their recovery of erectile and sexual function after radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

Long-term survival of high-risk patients < 60 years of age treated by radical prostatectomy

A multi-institutional, international study has provided us with data on the 10-, 15-, and 20-year survival of a cohort of 600 relatively young, high-risk prostate cancer patients, all of whom were treated with first-line radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …