A recent article in the journal European Urology reports that nearly 20% of men who underwent radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer later regretted deciding on that treatment option. Interestingly, the rate of dissatisfaction was highest among those that chose robotic prostatectomy. Perhaps patient expectations were unreasonably high for the newer, innovative technique. Common side effects for radical prostatectomy include ED and urinary incontinence.
Approximately 200,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. Many options for treatment exist and men should explore all options. Some patients might even consider a program of active surveillance. There are also options which are less invasive than surgery that should be considered for most patients.