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The rapid uptake of robotic prostatectomy and its collateral effects†
Article first published online: 29 JUN 2011
Copyright © 2011 American Cancer Society
Volume 118, Issue 1, pages 4–7, 1 January 2012
How to Cite
Lowrance, W. T. and Parekh, D. J. (2012), The rapid uptake of robotic prostatectomy and its collateral effects. Cancer, 118: 4–7. doi: 10.1002/cncr.26275
See referenced original article on pages 54-62, this issue.
- Issue published online: 16 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 29 JUN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Received: 21 APR 2011
The shift in radical prostatectomy practice patterns toward robotic procedures has had substantial collateral effects, impacting the delivery, access, and cost of prostate cancer care in the United States. In this issue of Cancer, Stitzenberg and colleagues examine how the uptake of robotic surgery has influenced centralization of prostate cancer surgery and effected travel distances for patients seeking prostate cancer surgery. Undoubtedly, robotic surgery has changed the face of prostate cancer care in this country, but still more research is needed to further understand how delivery, access, and cost of health care are impacted by technological innovation.