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Robotic surgery for prostate cancer achieves similar outcomes to open surgery, study shows

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 27 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4150
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Robotic prostatectomy has achieved similar outcomes to open surgery in removing cancerous tissue and preserving urinary and sexual function in men with localised prostate cancer, early results from a study to compare these two approaches have shown.1

The study recruited 326 men (aged 35 to 70) with newly diagnosed localised prostate cancer who had chosen to be treated with surgery. They were randomly assigned to robot assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy or open radical retropubic prostatectomy, led by two surgeons at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. Use of robotic surgery for prostate cancer has increased rapidly since its introduction in 2000, but trial data comparing the two surgical approaches have been limited.

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