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Robot Spurs Men’s Recovery After Surgery, Urologist Says at NCCN Annual Conference

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., March 16, 2007 — Even surgeons who once favored traditional “open” methods of cutting and suturing during prostate or bladder-cancer operations have learned to love the joystick-operated robot, said Timothy G. Wilson, M.D., director of the Prostate Cancer Program at City of Hope Cancer Center, at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s 12th Annual Conference, March 14-18.

Studies show that men undergoing radical prostatectomy go home sooner and regain bladder control and sexual function weeks earlier when the robot is employed, Wilson said.

“If you can save somebody three months of diaper time, that’s important,” he said, noting that patients’ two top postoperative worries are incontinence and impotence. Wilson predicted Food and Drug go-ahead for other manufacturers’ robotic devices in the next few years, bringing competition to a field now dominated by Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci device, approved in 2000 to perform advanced surgical techniques.

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The NCCN Member Institutions are:

  • Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
  • Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
  • City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center | Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
  • Duke Cancer Institute
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
  • Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Stanford Cancer Institute
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • University of Colorado Cancer Center
  • University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital