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An article in The Journal of Urology reports that side effects such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction are more common after a salvage radical prostatectomy than a standard radical prostatectomy. Nevertheless, experts claim that the benefits of the procedure may outweigh the risks. Salvage radical prostatectomy following cancer recurrence after radiation therapy can result in cancer control in the long-term. The rate of major complications such as incontinence and rectal injury are continuing to decrease. In those who do suffer incontinence, the fitting of an artificial urinary sphincter can solve the problem.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health
About: Salvage radical prostatectomy benefits outweigh the risks
Date: 15 December 2004
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