Better surgical outcomes for patients with prostate cancer
With specially designed surgical methods, local medical experts are able to not only accurately treat prostate cancer but also protect male physical function, experts said at prostate cancer forum this week-end.
Almost all patients in the early stages of prostate cancer can achieve five-year survival, which means clinical recovery.
In addition, 97% of patients have good urinary control function and more than 70% have sexual function, according to experts from Shanghai Cancer Center.
This is based on data from over 6,000 patients with early-stage prostate cancer.
“There are more than 110,000 new cases of prostate cancer in China every year,” said Dr. Ye Dingwei, director of the department of urinary surgery at Shanghai Cancer Center.
“Compared to Western countries, more Chinese patients are being detected at advanced stages with lower five-year survival and lower quality of life.
“Even though early-stage patients may undergo surgery to remove the cancer, post-operative complications such as poor urination control and loss of sexual function are their biggest concern. With the increase of standard of living, more and more patients want to achieve a good result of surgery and good quality of life as well.”
The prostate is close to the urinary tract and the sexual nerve plexus, so approximately 95% of patients may suffer from sexual dysfunction and 50% from short-term urinary incontinence.
“How to eliminate cancer while preserving patient function is the primary concern of doctors,” Ye said.
His team created an innovative method in line with the Chinese physical structure with a combination of surgical robot to achieve better treatment results.
In addition to developing the precise surgical method, local medical experts are also conducting clinical research to build a Chinese-made robot.
“The robot developed in China will be more suitable for Chinese patients,” he said.
“In combination with the surgical method developed by our doctors, we are confident that we will achieve higher quality surgery in the future.”