radical prostatectomy

Definition / meaning of radical prostatectomy

Surgery to remove the entire prostate. The two types of radical prostatectomy are retropubic prostatectomy (surgery through an incision in the wall of the abdomen) and perineal prostatectomy (surgery through an incision between the scrotum and the anus).

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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