Harvard Perspectives on Prostate Disease

A patient's story: Why one man chose robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy

A patient's story:

Why one man chose robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy

In the summer of 2005, Steve Henley was a successful 64-year-old financial services executive with a steady girlfriend. He was in great shape, often rowing for miles on the river. Receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer came as a shock.

But Steve took his time before making a treatment decision. Diagnosed in September, he did not reach a decision until nearly five months later "" and that was after shuttling between two major cities and consulting with a total of seven doctors and multiple friends. Two surgeons recommended open prostatectomy (done with an abdominal incision), two radiation oncologists recommended implantation of radioactive seeds, two medical oncologists advocated watchful waiting, and one surgeon suggested robotic-assisted laparoscopy "" the option Steve ultimately chose.

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