*Urology Unit, Department of Surgical Oncology, National Institute for Cancer Research, Largo Rosanna Benzi 10, Genoa 16100, Italy.
Current Urology Reports
2005, 6:106–108 Current Science Inc. ISSN 1527-2737
Copyright © 2005 by Current Science Inc.
Laparoscopic radical cystectomy is an emerging technique.
It has been proposed as an alternative to open radical cystectomy, which is the gold standard treatment of muscleinvasive or high-risk superficial bladder cancer. The experience in laparoscopic radical cystectomy reported in peer-reviewed journals account for approximately 100 cases, with a median longest follow-up of 11.5 months. Safety of the technique and cancer control need to be confirmed by a larger cohort of patients; however, after an initial analysis, it seems to be equivalent to open radical cystectomy. Equivalent does not mean better. Long-term results will determine if supposed benefits of laparoscopy overweigh the true increment of cost and time.