Outcomes of 55 men who had prophylactic RALPs for suspicion of unproven prostate cancer

Over the years, we have been asked several times whether there is a role for any type of  immediate treatment in men with a high level of concern for their risk of prostate cancer — despite a negative finding on prostate biopsy. … 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 surgical learning curve and post-RALP outcomes over time

Two new and quite separate papers offer rather different perspectives on the value of robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) as a first-line treatment for the management of localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

RALP in treatment of high-risk prostate cancer: a systematic review

Researchers from City of Hope in Los Angeles have conducted an expert, systematic review of the published literature on the use of robot-assisted, laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) in the management of high-risk, localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Pelvic lymph node dissection and robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy

With the introduction of robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) there came suggestions from some surgeons that this technique made pelvic lymph node dissection (PLND) more difficult. However, a new review by a respected international group of authors clearly disagrees with this suggestion. … READ MORE …

Risk for eye injuries associated with RALP for prostate cancer

One might reasonably be pardoned for not being able to imagine how having a radical prostatectomy with robot assistance (a robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy or RALP) could possibly be associated with eye injuries, given the relative lack of proximity of the organs concerned. … READ MORE …