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The following table compares outcomes following prostate cancer treatment -- specifically, surgery (radical prostatectomy), which is considered the gold standard treatment for localized prostate cancer -- and radiation (brachytherapy and external beam radiation). Data is provided on survival, cancer recurrence, incidence of rectal and bladder cancer, bowel function, urinary bother and long-term erectile function. In this table, radical prostatectomy includes all approaches to prostate surgery (open surgery through large incisions; conventional minimally invasive, or laparoscopic radical prostatectomy -- also called LRP -- as well as da Vinci Prostatectomy, or dVP). As you can see, surgery offers measurable advantages over radiation in terms of outcomes and survivability.
The following table looks at patient outcomes following surgery for prostate cancer (radical prostatectomy), and compares "best in class" data from three types of surgery. As you can see, da Vinci Prostatectomy (dVP) shows measurable advantages as compared to both conventional open surgery (open), performed through large incisions, as well as conventional minimally invasive laparoscopic (lap) surgery.
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