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J Urol. 1977 Mar;117(3):330-1.

Radical retropubic prostatectomy for cancer: a 20-year experience.


A review of 159 patients treated by radical retropubic prostatovesiculectomy from 1951 through 1970 has reinforced our belief that this is a satisfactory method of treatment for prostatic cancer confined to the prostate. A 10-year survival of 55 per cent and a 15-year survival of 45 per cent compare well to the results reported for perineal prostatectomy. The postoperative mortality rate was 2.5 per cent and total incontinence was 12.5 per cent after radical retropubic prostatectomy. Completely normal voiding occurred in 108 of the 159 patients. Stress incontinence but no need for an incontinence device occurred in 31 patients. Improved methods for preoperative staging of the disease give promise for even higher cure rates in the future.

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