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Definition of Radical prostatectomy

Radical prostatectomy: A surgery procedure that removes the entire prostate gland plus some surrounding tissue. During the procedure the pelvic lymph nodes may also be sampled for a biopsy. The goal is to remove the cancer entirely and prevent its spread to other parts of the body.

Male Torso Illustration - Prostatectomy

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=33953
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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