About 25%-33% of men with prostate cancer (PCa) will experience a recurrence of their cancer after primary radiation therapy. Among the various salvage treatments available is salvage radical prostatectomy (RP), which is a difficult surgery whether it is performed in open or robotic-assisted fashion.
Salvage RP has a higher rate of potential complications than primary RP, but previous studies have shown that salvage RP can improve survival in patients with locally-recurrent PCa after radiation treatment.
In a study published in European Urology (2011;60:205-210), researchers found that more than 75% of selected patients with radiation-recurrent PCa who underwent salvage RP were free from clinical metastases 10 years after the surgery.
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