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Curr Opin Urol. 2009 Jan;19(1):65-8. doi: 10.1097/MOU.0b013e32831aedcf.

Role of robotics for prostate cancer.

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  • 1Institut Montsouris, Universit√© Paris Descartes, Paris, France.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

To describe how robotics became involved in prostate cancer as well as to highlight the most important developments in robotic prostate cancer treatment during the last year.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Refinements in technique during robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy have improved the early return of continence postoperatively. Mean positive surgical margin rates were lowest for robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy as compared to pure laparoscopic or open radical prostatectomy series. Sexual potency rates were similar among all surgical treatments of prostate cancer.

SUMMARY:

As the implementation of robotic technologies to treat prostate cancer continues to grow, randomized controlled trials will eventually provide a better comparison of results. The role of robotics in prostate cancer treatment is established, and continued technical advancements will ultimately improve patient outcomes.

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