Frequency of positive surgical margin at prostatectomy and its effect on patient outcome - Abstract

Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO 80045, USA.


A positive surgical margin at prostatectomy is defined as tumor cells touching the inked edge of the specimen. This finding is reported in 8.8% to 42% of cases (median about 20%) in various studies. It is one of the main determinants of eventual biochemical (PSA) failure, generally associated with a doubled or tripled risk of failure. The effect of a positive margin on outcome can be modified by stage or grade and the length, number and location of positive margins, as well as by technical operative approach and duration of operator experience. This paper tabulates data from the past decade of studies on margin status.

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Iczkowski KA, Lucia MS.   Are you the author?

Reference: Prostate Cancer. 2011;2011:673021.
doi: 10.1155/2011/673021

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 22110996 Prostate Cancer Section