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Prostate Cancer - The Survival Benefits of Robotic Surgery Over Watchful Waiting

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Fox News, 3:47, 05/16/2011

Over 200,000 American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.  The New England Journal of Medicine has just released a new study showing the long-term benefits of two different common methods of prostate cancer treatment, watchful waiting and surgical prostate removal (most commonly done now through a procedure called a robotic prostatectomy).

Watchful waiting is a technique used by doctors where prostate cancer indicators, such as PSA levels, are used to monitor a patient's risk of developing an aggressive form of the disease.  In many cases prostate cancer is slow growing, and treatment may not be necessary as the cancer will never progress to a life-threatening point.  Robotic prostate surgery takes a different approach to treatment, removing the prostate entirely from the body to eliminate all traces of the cancer.

The study released by the NEJM shows that there is a large survival benefit for those who choose prostate removal as a treatment option; with a 38% lower risk of death versus watchful waiting.  This is very important news for individuals who are deciding on an appropriate treatment method.  With advancements in prostate surgery due to newer robotic methods, patients often don't experience many of the side-effects associated with traditional prostate removal surgery, such as incontinence and loss of sexual function.

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* The benefits of robotic surgery cannot be guaranteed as surgery is both patient and procedure specific. Previous surgical results do not guarantee future outcomes.

Ian R, Toronto, Canada

Just over a year ago on December 22, 2008 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I met with Dr. Samadi in New York on a recommendation from a close friend. The interview was a decisive turning point in my fortunes.

Jeannette B., Netherlands

Mijn man werd op 17-09-2008 geopereerd met een Da Vinci door dr.Samadi. (PSA 31.8, gleason score 9) Eerst hebben we geprobeerd dit plaats te laten vinden in Europa,maar daar werd geen operatie gedaan met een kapseldoorbraak.

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I am aware of the fact that it takes a extraordinarily rare surgeon to be the master of Robotic Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy.  I watched the video released by the Henri Mondor hospital before my surgery, and once again today. Although you make it seem easy to the patients and their families, your accomplishment is nearly superhuman.


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