Prostate surgery and the evolution to minimally invasive therapies

Lee E. Ponsky, Gino Vricella

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Like many therapies, the treatment of prostate cancer has evolved over the years. While the radical prostatectomy began as the initial curative treatment, it was associated with significant co-morbidities that greatly affected a patient’s quality of life. The improvement in surgical technique and improved description of the anatomy has led to significant improvements in the outcomes. Advances in irradiation techniques have also added to the options a patient has to consider when deciding on a treatment for his prostate cancer. Treatments have continued to improve to become less invasive and less impactful on a patient’s quality of life. However, to date, the options all have very similar outcomes in regard to cancer control, potency and urinary control, which have been described as the “trifecta” goal of prostate cancer treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRobotic Radiosurgery
Subtitle of host publicationTreating Prostate Cancer and Related Genitourinary Applications
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783642114953
ISBN (Print)9783642114946
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


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