Robotic surgery may be the answer to prostate treatment in the future as per the delegates at the Australasian Prostate Cancer Conference in Melbourne. Prostate cancer has not had a good prognosis when it came to recovery, but with robotic surgery the cancer may be cured in the future.
At the conference in Melbourne Urology Specialist Dr Robin Smart said that the Da Vinci robots were the answer to operating with fine accuracy on patients with prostate cancer. A 3D video presentation of a radical prostatectomy by robot captured the interest of the researchers in the presentation.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation is calling Friday the 2nd of September Blue Friday to gain support and donations for the cause. Most men who are infected with the cancer have died due to the late diagnosis of the disease. The most common way to test the patients is the PSA blood test and its reliability as a diagnostic tool has also been a point of contention between medical and government agencies.
The foundation hopes to discuss the appalling rising mortality rates of men who are infected with the disease. In order to spread the word a community lecture will be presented by Riverside Community Hospital’s Board Certified Urologist: Alex Batta, M.D., Ralph Hishaw, M.D., and Benjamin Yang, M.D. the doctors will be discussing the issues “Prostate Cancer in 2011; Understanding Prostate Cancer; Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment of Prostate Cancer and the use of the new Da Vinci Robot”.