Perioperative Management of Radical Prostatectomy
Prostate cancer is the most common neoplasm affecting the male population and is the second leading cause of death behind lung cancer. It is estimated that in 1998, 184,500 men will be diagnosed and 39,200 men will succumb to this disease (1). Owing to the varied biologic potential of this neoplasm, treatment options are individualized based on multiple factors, some of which pertain to the patient’s life expectancy, such as age and comorbidity, and others that pertain to the biological threat from the tumor, such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA), tumor grade, and tumor stage. In select men with organ-confined disease and good performance status with tumors believed to be biologically important, curative extirpative surgery is performed.
KeywordsRadical Prostatectomy Collaborative Care Hospital Charge Cost Containment Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy
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