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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


radical retropubic prostatectomy  listen  (RA-dih-kul reh-troh-PYOO-bik PROS-tuh-TEK-toh-mee)

  Surgery to remove all of the prostate and nearby lymph nodes through an 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.