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Adjuvant radiotherapy after prostatectomy ‘risks urinary incontinence’

Men who receive adjuvant radiation therapy following radical prostatectomy face a significantly increased risk of urinary incontinence in the following years, study findings indicate. [More]

Prostate stiffness is a risk factor for voiding dysfunction

Prostate elasticity is an independent risk factor for urinary voiding symptoms, although not for lower urinary tract symptoms in general or storage symptoms, clinical research indicates. [More]

Study finds long-term reduction in mortality for young men who undergo radical prostatectomy

More than 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year in the United States, but determining their course of treatment remains a source of considerable debate. A new study by researchers from Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden, Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues—which draws from one of the few randomized trials conducted to directly address this issue—finds a substantial long-term reduction in mortality for men with localized cancer who undergo a radical prostatectomy. [More]

Robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy shows better outcomes in cancer removal

An observational study from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer comparing robotic-assisted prostate surgery to open surgery for prostate cancer found that patients who had robotic surgery had fewer instances of cancer cells at the edge of the surgical specimen, or fewer positive margins, and less need of additional cancer treatments, such as hormone therapy or radiation, than patients who had open surgery. [More]
Sling technique boosts post-RARP early continence recovery

Sling technique boosts post-RARP early continence recovery

Researchers have shown that addition of the bladder neck sling suspension technique to robot-assisted radical prostatectomy can improve the early return of continence after surgery. [More]
Prostate cancer patients treated with ADT experience mental, emotional well-being during treatment

Prostate cancer patients treated with ADT experience mental, emotional well-being during treatment

​A new study published in the Journal of Urology- reports that prostate cancer patients treated with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) experienced changes in mental and emotional well-being during treatment, although there was no meaningful decline in emotional quality of life two years after treatment. [More]
Study reveals how exercise linked to improved outcomes for men with prostate cancer

Study reveals how exercise linked to improved outcomes for men with prostate cancer

Men who walked at a fast pace prior to a prostate cancer diagnosis had more regularly shaped blood vessels in their prostate tumors compared with men who walked slowly, providing a potential explanation for why exercise is linked to improved outcomes for men with prostate cancer, according to results presented here at the AACR-Prostate Cancer Foundation Conference on Advances in Prostate Cancer Research, held Jan. 18-21. [More]
Higher levels of physical activity reduces risk of prostate cancer recurrence, mortality

Higher levels of physical activity reduces risk of prostate cancer recurrence, mortality

Men who walked at a fast pace prior to a prostate cancer diagnosis had more regularly shaped blood vessels in their prostate tumors compared with men who walked slowly, providing a potential explanation for why exercise is linked to improved outcomes for men with prostate cancer, according to results presented here at the AACR-Prostate Cancer Foundation Conference on Advances in Prostate Cancer Research, held Jan. 18-21. [More]

Perioperative analgesia may improve prostate cancer outcomes

Neuraxial analgesia added to general anesthesia for radical retropubic prostatectomy may lead to improved oncologic outcomes in prostate cancer, US researchers have found. [More]
Research examines link between opioid suppression of immune system and cancer recurrence

Research examines link between opioid suppression of immune system and cancer recurrence

​The methods used to anesthetize prostate cancer patients and control pain when their prostate glands are surgically removed for adenocarcinoma may affect their long-term cancer outcomes, a study led by Mayo Clinic has found. [More]

Research finds link between opioid-sparing technique and reduced progression of prostate cancer

The methods used to anesthetize prostate cancer patients and control pain when their prostate glands are surgically removed for adenocarcinoma may affect their long-term cancer outcomes, a study led by Mayo Clinic has found. Opioids, painkillers commonly given during and after surgery, may suppress the immune system's ability to fight cancer cells. [More]

Incision technique shows potential for bladder neck contracture

A US team reports that deep lateral transurethral incisions are a promising technique for the treatment of recurrent bladder neck contracture in men following prostate surgery. [More]

Blood and tissue sample donations can help advance cancer research

Tucked away in freezers chilled to minus 80 degrees Celsius are blood and tissue samples from Cedars-Sinai patients. The freezers that hold these samples also contain the hopes of investigators determined to uncover new treatments for cancer patients across the globe. [More]

Study on injuries to the ureter during robotic prostatectomy

There may be warning signs to help surgeons avoid damaging part of the urinary system during robot-assisted surgical removal of prostate cancer, ultimately preventing the expense of additional surgery, according to researchers at Henry Ford's Vattikuti Urology Institute. [More]
Findings allay prostatectomy eye pressure concerns

Findings allay prostatectomy eye pressure concerns

A Japanese study shows that intraocular pressure increases during robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy with the patient in a steep Trendelenburg position, but this is not associated with an increased risk for postoperative complications or changes in visual function. [More]
Advanced prostate cancer therapies: an interview with Dr. Nancy Dawson, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Advanced prostate cancer therapies: an interview with Dr. Nancy Dawson, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

The prostate gland produces part of the seminal fluid that protects sperm. It is located in front of the rectum and under the bladder, and surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine flows from the bladder to and out of the penis. [More]

Financial interests ‘driving IMRT uptake for prostate cancer’

A study suggests that the recent rapid uptake of intensity-modulated radiotherapy for prostate cancer in the USA has been driven by urologists with financial conflicts of interest. [More]
Overweight men diagnosed with prostate cancer more likely to die from the disease

Overweight men diagnosed with prostate cancer more likely to die from the disease

Men who are overweight or obese when they are diagnosed with prostate cancer are more likely to die from the disease than men who are of healthy weight, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. In patients with more aggressive forms of prostate cancer, the researchers also found an even stronger correlation between obesity and mortality. [More]

Nerve-sparing quality boosts urinary recovery after radical prostatectomy

The quality of nerve sparing during radical prostatectomy has a significant influence on the recovery of urinary function in men with prostate cancer, research shows. [More]
Smoking detriment to long-term prostate cancer outcomes

Smoking detriment to long-term prostate cancer outcomes

A US study indicates that men with prostate cancer who smoke at the time of undergoing radical prostatectomy have more aggressive cancers at baseline and poorer long-term outcomes than nonsmokers. [More]