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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



radical perineal prostatectomy  listen  (RA-dih-kul PAYR-ih-NEE-ul PROS-tuh-TEK-toh-mee)

  Surgery to remove all of the prostate through an incision between the scrotum and the anus. Nearby lymph nodes are sometimes removed through a separate incision in the wall of the abdomen.

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Two panel drawing showing two ways  of doing a  radical prostatectomy;  in the first panel, dotted line shows where incision is made through the wall of the abdomen for a retropubic prostatectomy;  in the second panel, dotted line shows where incision is made in area between the scrotum and the anus for a perineal prostatectomy.