Minimally Invasive Radical Prostatectomy Shows Advantages, But Also Certain Complications

Shorter and Safer Hospital Stays But More Risk of Incontinence and Erectile Dysfunction, Study Shows

New research indicates that the use of minimally invasive procedures (including the use of robotic assistance) for radical prostatectomy, which have increased significantly in recent years, may shorten hospital stays and decrease respiratory and surgical complications, but may also result in an increased rate of certain complications, including incontinence and erectile dysfunction, according to a study in the October 14 issue of JAMA

Treatment Delay for Low Risk Prostate Cancer

For Slow Growing Prostate Cancer Delay May be Reasonable, Hopkins Study Finds

Delaying surgery — even for years — for patients with small, low-grade prostate cancer does not appear to increase the risk of the disease progressing to an incurable form, according to a 10-year Johns Hopkins Medicine study. This discovery could prevent over-treatment, the authors say.