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A prostatectomy is radical surgery to completely remove the cancerous prostate. The object is to move all the cancer but the surgeon can never be certain that he's has succeeded in doing this. Depending upon the position of the tumor, the surgeon will also try to avoid cutting those nerves which assist the man's ability to have an erection. There is no certainty without attempt and it is only sometimes successful.
In open surgery, the surgeon makes an incision to reach the prostate gland. The surgeon will decide whether to make the incision in the lower belly, called the retropubic approach or between the anus and the scrotum, called the perineal approach. The retropubic is the more common approach because recovery is faster.
With laparoscopic prostatectomy, several small incisions in the belly are made. A laparoscope is inserted into one of the incisions which enables him to view his progress. The surgeon uses special instruments to reach and remove the prostate through the other incisions. Laparoscopic surgery generally causes less blood loss during the operation. Recovery is also generally faster but no long term results are available because it is a relatively new technique.
Robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy
The surgeon utilizes robotic arms that translate his gross hand motions into finer and more precise action. This technique requires special training.
The nerves that control a man's ability to have an erection are often damaged or removed during surgery. As a result, up to 80% of men experience erection problems after a prostatectomy. Over the longer term, most men are able to regain their ability to have erections. However 53% of men older than 65 never recover that ability, 44% of men between 60 and 65 never recover that ability, and 24% of men younger than 60 never recover that ability.
Urinary incontinence is a problem for up to 87% of men after a prostatectomy. In the majority of cases it takes the form of stress incontinence, which means that a physical effort such as coughing or sneezing or even standing up can trigger an involuntary emptying of the bladder. One in 20 men will suffer from total urinary incontinence after a prostatectomy.
As with all major surgery, prostatectomy carries a variety of risks such as heart problems, blood clots, allergic reactions to anesthesia, blood loss and infections of the wound. There are also risks of damage to the urethra and the rectum.
The theory is that computerized equipment facilitates a surgeon's ability to perform very fine keyhole surgery to remove the prostate. The data so far does not support the view that a prostatectomy performed robotically is any less damaging in the long term than conventional surgery.
Not that many years ago, castration was considered a good therapy for prostate cancer. Unsurprisingly, many men balked at the thought of undergoing that operation. So conventional medicine found a way to chemically castrate their patients. Of course it's not called chemical castration, it's called hormone ablation therapy.
There are numerous documented side effects of this therapy including typical menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, sweating and middle age spread. It is common for men to develop breasts. Men having without treatment also become less assertive and more passive. Of course men become impotent, but a proportion of men also have problems with erectile dysfunction and loss of libido.
More recently, research has shown that men undergoing this treatment have a 34% increase increase in the likelihood of developing male breast cancer.
Despite all these downsides, there is no evidence whatsoever that hormone ablation treatments lengthens life expectancy by even one day.
Hormone Ablation Therapy
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6/7 cases of prostate cancer will never become life-threatening and therefore do not need invasive treatments which
(despite all the claims by Doctors) have been shown by many studies not to increase life expectancy.
At the same time, these invasive procedures that often follow after a positive biopsy have the potential to cause significant damage to your quality-of-life.
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