There were 3,294 deaths from prostate cancer recorded in 2011, making it the fourth leading cause of death among Australian males.
The good news is that prostate cancer 5-year survival is high and has improved from 59% in 1986 to 90% in 2007, and is on the rise with treatments such as Robotic Prostatectomy.
In this short video, Dr Phillip Katelaris explains the effectiveness of Robotic Prostatectomy in the treatment of Prostate cancer.
When prostate cancer is detected early these days we cure it with a very modern, minimally evasive form of surgery known as robot-assisted radical prostatectomy.
We make seven little one-centimeter incisions into the abdomen. We inflate the abdomen with gas, we put a very powerful, miniaturized television camera inside, we hook up the instruments to a robotic arm and I as the surgeon sit at a very sophisticated console, operate that robotic equipment, remove the prostate and put the patient back together again.
That’s highly effective at curing prostate cancer. It gives us a very good chance to preserve bladder and sexual function and the patients generally go home 48 hours later.
Recovery is quick and it is minimally painful. In fact, the patient’s up and walking around the next day. It is a major cancer operation and a very careful discussion is always had with respect to the appropriateness of the operation and the risks and benefits involved.