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4 Overview of cancer treatments

Surgical treatment


NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Prostate Cancer, Version 1.2016

Robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy

A laparoscopic radical prostatectomy can be done

with the help of a “robot.” During this surgery, the

surgeon will be in the room with you but not by

your side. Instead, he or she will be at a desk that

is equipped with a computer system. This system

allows the surgeon to move robotic arms that hold

the surgical tools used to perform the operation. See

Figure 11

. Robotic arms make more precise cuts

compared to a surgeon’s hand. However, surgeons

can detect changes in the tissue by touching your

organs during an open prostatectomy. These changes

aren’t detected when a robot is used.

Figure 11.

Robotic-assisted radical


Your prostate may be removed by your

surgeon with “robotic” arms that hold

surgical tools. Your surgeon moves

the robotic arms through a computer

system instead of with his or her hands.

The surgical tools will be inserted into

your body through small cuts made into

your abdomen.

Laproscopic Surgery Robot by Nimur available at commons.

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