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Prostate Cancer Treatment: Match Between CyberKnife And Robotic Prostate Surgery And The Winner Is?
Date:9/27/2011

e size, shape and location of the tumor. "We just don't learn enough from those pre-surgery scans," stressed Dr. Samadi. "What we think is low-risk, very localized prostate cancer could be more invasive, and could therefore be missed by this type of treatment." Further, Dr. Samadi clarifies, this is radiation and though the hope is that the cancer will never return, treatment options may be limited if it does. "It's considerably more challenging to perform robotic prostatectomy surgery after radiation, so if the cancer comes back treatment options can be more limited."

During a robotic radical prostatectomy procedure, the surgeon uses finely controlled robotic tools consisting of high-resolution cameras and micro-surgical instruments to remove the cancerous prostate. Though minimally invasive, the surgeon is still able to clearly see the entire surgical field. Blood loss is minimal, vision is 3D and is enhanced 10x and the dexterity of the instruments allows an experienced surgeon to guide it in all directions with full rotation. For Dr. Samadi, robotics is the perfect blend of old and new. "I see robotic surgery as a great marriage of the benefits of traditional, open surgery and state-of-the-art technology," said Dr. Samadi whose patients have a 97 percent cure rate. "Essentially, I can see and do everything I used to see with traditional surgery without risking the same traumas to the patient."

And seeing is everything, according to Dr. Samadi. "The reality is that cancer staging tests provide limited information. Often, it's not until I'm in the midst of surgery that I can fully see the extent of the cancer. And there's a high incidence of post-surgical tests that stage a patient's cancer at a more advanced level than pre-surgery biopsies were able to." For this reason, Dr. Samadi believes prostate cancer staging is useful but should not be depended on too heavily.


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