Please note: Our next Awareness Night is Wed. Nov. 22, not Nov. 29 as has appeared in some places.

Radical Prostatectomy

High-dose radiation therapy as effective as surgery for aggressive prostate cancer

September 3, 2017

A study by researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center provides convincing evidence that radiation-based treatments and surgery are equally effective treatments for aggressive prostate cancer. It also suggests that a particular form of radiation therapy, consisting of external radiation followed by brachytherapy (a type of radiation treatment in which a radioactive source is […]

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Robotic Surgery for Radical Prostatectomy : OHTAC Recommendation

September 3, 2017

The Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC) has recommended against publicly funding robotic surgery for prostate cancer. OHTAC determined there was not enough evidence that the minimally invasive procedure is better than traditional open surgery to justify the increased price of $6,000 per patient. Read article 1 here. Read article 2 here.

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Prostate Cancer Surgery and Pelvic Floor Exercises: What to Know

February 19, 2017

In this video, shared by Continence Foundation of Australia, listen to Specialist Continence & Women’s Health Physiotherapist, Shan Morrison, as she discusses urinary incontinence in men after prostate cancer surgery. Dr. Morrison also talks about pelvic floor exercises and how these can help men in their recovery. Watch the video here.

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After 16 years, robotic surgery for prostate cancer still is debated

February 19, 2017

Robot-assisted and open radical surgeries for prostate cancer have similar outcomes for patients at 3 months, according to clinical trial results published in the Lancet. Read the first article here. Read the second article here.

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Predicting if your surgery for prostate cancer will fail

January 2, 2017

Many men who are told their surgery for prostate cancer has been a success later discover that this is not the case. The level of a protein in their blood, called prostate specific antigen, PSA, begins to rise signalling they still have prostate cells in their body even though they were told the entire prostate […]

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Video: A Surgeon and His Patient

October 21, 2016

September 2016 Awareness Night A Surgeon and His Patient – A Patient and His Surgeon Mark Cullen, Gardening Expert Radio and Television Personality and Best-selling Author Well-known newspaper and magazine columnist Member of the Order of Canada Prostate Cancer Survivor DR. GROLL’S PATIENT   Dr. Ryan Groll, MD, MSc, FRCPC Endourologist, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgeon […]

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10-Year Outcomes after Monitoring, Surgery, or Radiotherapy for Localized Prostate Cancer

September 21, 2016

This New England Journal of Medicine article gives  the results of a randomized trial of 3 possible prostate cancer treatments.  It is rather long and academic, but shows similar results for the 3 options. Read the article here.

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Extended lymph node dissection in robotic radical prostatectomy

July 24, 2016

Studies have shown that radical prostatectomy can improve progression-free and overall survival in patients with lymph node-positive prostate cancer. While this finding requires further validation, it does allow urologists to question the former treatment paradigm of aborting surgery when lymph node invasion from prostate cancer occurred, especially in patients with limited lymph node tumor infiltration. […]

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Erectile Function Recovery after Radical Prostatectomy in Men with High-Risk Features

June 19, 2016

The loss of erectile function after surgery Radical Prostatectomy is most frequently caused by intraoperative injury to the neurovascular bundles. It is known that if both bundles are removed, patients seldom recover erectile function. Accordingly, neurovascular bundle preservation during Radical prostatectomy has proven benefits in terms of erectile function recovery. Read the article.

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Pioneering Oxford surgery technique could improve treatment for prostate cancer

June 19, 2016

Technology developed in Oxford to make tumour cells fluorescent could improve surgery outcomes for men with prostate cancer. Fluorescent compounds show up diseased cells during keyhole operations, allowing surgeons to be more precise when removing the prostate and tissue around it. Read the article.

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