Studies on Cancer and State Of The Art Surgical Options
Physician-scientists with the Department of Urology at Montefiore are currently conducting several prostate and kidney cancer clinical trials, as well as investigating how robotic surgery compares to laparoscopic procedures.
In an effort to better analyze our outcomes from these radical procedures, we have expanded our research support staff and database of all cancer cases performed in our oncology division. Because many of these techniques are relatively new, the body of studies comparing them to traditional/open procedures is growing exponentially.
Unlike many similar research efforts at other institutions, all of our databases are structured so we can compare and contrast these procedures and their efficacy to the open standard operations performed at the same institution by the same surgeon.
We believe this offers a more accurate assessment of results, versus comparing outcomes from nationwide studies. This helps us critically assess our own experience so that we can advise patients, not based on literature and other surgeons, but on our own years of experience.