Comparative Effectiveness of Cancer Control and Survival after Robot-Assisted versus Open Radical Prostatectomy
Ambulatory Surgical Procedures
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Practice Patterns, Physicians'
Transurethral Resection of Prostate
Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy has comparable intermediate cancer control as evidenced by less use of additional postoperative cancer therapies and equivalent cancer specific and overall survival. Longer term followup is needed to assess for differences in prostate cancer specific survival, which was similar during intermediate followup. Our findings have significant quality and cost implications, and provide reassurance regarding the adoption of more expensive technology in the absence of randomized controlled trials.