Laparoscopic lymph-node sampling in locally advanced prostate cancer
Version of Record online: 25 JUN 2002
Volume 90, Issue 1, page 143, July 2002
How to Cite
Ali, W. (2002), Laparoscopic lymph-node sampling in locally advanced prostate cancer. BJU International, 90: 143. doi: 10.1046/j.1464-410X.2002.t01-8-02885.x
- Issue online: 25 JUN 2002
- Version of Record online: 25 JUN 2002
I read this article  with interest and have a few comments. In one conclusion the authors stated that laparoscopic pelvic lymphadenectomy can be undertaken safely by a urologist experienced in laparoscopic surgery. There are many studies that previously confirmed the feasibility and safety of this procedure, published earlier [2,3]; others studies have even confirmed the safety of robotic surgery in this field . The other conclusion, that pelvic lymphadenectomy is justified in selected cases of locally advanced prostate cancer, was answered in the editorial comment by Professor Kirk. I think that this article added no new role for laparoscopy or lymph node biopsy in locally advanced prostate cancer, its only strength being in one of the few British accounts in laparoscopic urology which warrant publication because it reflects the local experience. Please correct me if I am wrong and accept my apologies.