Benefits of Robotic Surgery and Open Surgery for Prostate Cancer

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A closer look at the benefits of robotic and open surgery. Robotic surgery and open surgery each offer several benefits for prostate cancer treatments. Robotic surgery surgery and open surgery  several benefits including less blood loss and a shorter hospital stay. “Typically, in robotic surgery, the blood loss is from 150 to 200 cc and in […]

The Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer

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What treatment options for prostate cancer are available to patients today? Patients with prostate cancer have more types of treatments available today than in the past. Dr. David Albala goes over three treatment options for prostate cancer patients in this interview. Robotic surgeries are more common than open surgeries, but both can cure patients of […]

Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery from Start to Finish

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How does a doctor perform robotic prostate cancer surgery? Patients who are a candidate to undergo robotic prostate cancer surgery may want to know a little more about what the procedure entails. Dr. David Albala goes over the different steps of a typical robotic surgery procedure and sheds some light on the process in this […]

What Tests Determine if Active Surveillance is an Option for Prostate Cancer?

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Tests for Active Surveillance There are several tests doctors use to determine if a patient is a good candidate for active surveillance as a treatment option. Doctors determine a patient’s Gleason score by examining the suspect tissue and rating the aggressiveness of the tumor on a scale that ranges from 1 to 10. The Prostate-Specific […]

The Benefits of Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery

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How does robotic prostate cancer surgery improve surgeon accuracy? Eighty percent of prostate cancer surgeries in the U.S. are done with robotic procedures today. Dr. David Albala tells us that robots allow surgeons to better meet the goals of robotic prostate cancer surgery which can lead to better outcomes for patients. Doctors can more accurately […]

The Oncotype DX Test is Helping Patients and Doctors

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How is the Oncotype DX test helping patients and doctors? The Oncotype DX test checks genes in tumors to predict how aggressive a tumor will be.  Doctors use this data to choose the best treatment path for each patient.  Dr. David Albala believes the real value of this test is it allows patients who have chosen […]

How is prostate cancer different from other types of cancer?

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Prostate cancer differs from other types of cancer. In general, prostate cancer is different from other types of cancers. Prostate tumors tend to be slower growing than other types of cancers. Physicians try to identify fast-growing, aggressive tumors because they tend to be more lethal. Until recently, only the Gleason score could be used to determine […]

Reducing the Risk of Prostate Cancer Recurrence

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How can you reduce the risk of prostate cancer recurrence? A patient who is a candidate for definitive therapy, such as radiation therapy or surgical intervention, is at reduced risk of prostate cancer recurrence. Dr. David Albala advises patients to learn about the experience of their surgeon. A patient may also ask a potential surgeon about […]

The Goals of Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery

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What are the goals of robotic prostate cancer surgery? Surgeons have a number of goals they strive to achieve during robotic prostate cancer surgery. Removing all the diseased tissue and curing the patient is the primary goal. Negative margins are needed in order to ensure complete removal of all cancerous tissue and doctors are careful […]

What to Look for in a Prostate Cancer Surgeon

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Things to consider when choosing a prostate cancer surgeon. As a patient, you must be comfortable with your prostate cancer surgeon. It’s important that a patient knows the experience level of their prostate cancer surgeon and trusts them. Typically, prostate cancer surgeons that have done many procedures are more likely to produce a good outcome […]


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