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 …

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 …

RALP vs. LRP vs. open prostatectomy

An article by Hu et al. in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week is getting a lot of media visibility. (See for example the report from the Associated Press.) The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink thinks the article says more about the skills of individual surgeons than it does about the techniques and equipment that they use. … READ MORE …

The news report: Friday, April 10, 2009

Today’s news reports deal with:

  • A comparative, single institution study of RALP vs RRP
  • Bone mineral density and osteoporosis in men treated with intermittent hormone therapy
  • Transdermal testosterone therapy in men with castration-resistant prostate cancer

In a separate report we have discussed the development of a pre-biopsy risk assessment nomogram that incorporates results from PCA3 testing. … READ MORE …

The Monday news update: March 2, 2009

New reports today address:

  • Positive surgical margins: RALP vs. RRP
  • Circulating tumor cells levels and survival of castration-resistant prostate cancer patients
  • Patient preference and management of post-surgical incontinence … READ MORE …