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Fewer prostate cancer surgery complications found in teaching hospitals with fellowship programs
Date:5/15/2012

institutions.

The study's findings were based on comparisons of the length of time each patient spent in the hospital beyond the median of three days, death while in the hospital, and complications during and after RP surgery.

While stressing that explanations for better results found in residency and teaching hospitals are only hypothetical, Dr. Trinh says they may be due to several processes of care that exist at academic institutions.

"These characteristics may include the peer-review process associated with every level of clinical decision-making. Or, the more detailed nature of the peer-review process may translate into better selection of surgical candidates," he notes.

"Others may be the extent of patient history and physical examination, documentation of the work-up, ordering of diagnostic and laboratory tests, availability of advanced technology, and adherence to standardized clinical guidelines."

Because prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men, and the standard treatment for a significant number of those patients is radical prostatectomy in which the entire prostate gland and some of the surrounding tissue are surgically removed "it is essential to evaluate and to optimize the outcomes of patients undergoing RP," Dr. Trinh says, explaining why the Henry Ford researchers decided to do this study.

Experts predict, based on the current rates of prostate cancer, by 2045 there will be an estimated 425,000 new cases each year.


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Contact: Krista Hopson
khopson1@hfhs.org
313-874-7207
Henry Ford Health System
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