for males ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California and other locations
study started
completion around



Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. Surgical removal of the entire prostate (prostatectomy) is one option among the various ways to treat prostate cancer. The use of robot assistance for prostatectomy has become common place, but its effectiveness has not been compared to standard open prostatectomy in trials carried out at more than one medical institution in which participants are identified and followed forward in time. Robot assisted and standard open prostatectomy health related quality of life (HRQOL) outcomes have not been compared in a prospective, multi-centered study. Prostatectomy can have side effects that can change with time. This research study seeks to determine how common and how long-lasting such side effects are; to find out what features of individual men's cancers and what features of the treatments affect those side effects. This study also seeks to identify factors that affect the quality of prostate cancer care by looking at how satisfied men are with their prostate cancer care. Through these findings, this study aims to allow treatment side effects to be anticipated more accurately for individual patients, and to provide a means for determining the quality of prostate care.

Official Title

Effectiveness of Open and Robotic Prostatectomy: The PROSTQA-RP2 Study


The investigators will follow your prostate cancer treatment outcomes and health related quality of life following prostatectomy by asking you direct questions, collect information from medical records and phone interviews.

Information about your prostate cancer treatment, and related health concerns, and information regarding the cost of care, may also be collected from your medical record, other medical center sources, and your primary care provider (PCP). Clinical information will be collected: prior to beginning treatment (prostatectomy); 6 month, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months after your prostatectomy; once a year thereafter for possibly up to 12 years.

You will be asked to take part in six telephone interviews regarding quality of life, possible therapy side effects, and satisfaction with prostate cancer therapy. Each phone interview should last 15-25 minutes. All questions are voluntary. The phone interviews will be conducted: prior to beginning treatment (prostatectomy); 2 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months after prostatectomy; 10 additional phone interviews may be conducted (once a year thereafter, for possibly up to 12 years).


Prostate Cancer, Prostatectomy, Prostatic Neoplasms


You can join if…

Open to males ages 18 years and up

  • Early stage prostate cancer (AJCC [2002] clinical stage < or = T2NXMX; T stage is based on rectal exam findings alone).
  • Gleason score based on local pathology within 12 months of registration. (Patients with an original diagnosis of prostate cancer proceeding 12 months are also eligible but pathology confirmation of cancer within 12 months of registration is required.)
  • Serum PSA test result from within 12 months of registration
  • Able to participate in baseline and follow-up phone interviews conducted in English
  • Scheduled to undergo Open Radical Prostatectomy or Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy

You CAN'T join if...

  • Previous definitive primary prostate cancer therapy (prostatectomy, external radiation, brachytherapy, cryotherapy, or other interventions)
  • Previous radiation therapy to the pelvis
  • Previous major reconstructive or extirpative pelvic surgery (including but not limited to abdominal-perineal resection, or penile implant)
  • Previous androgen suppression therapy (LHrH agonist or antagonist), anti-androgen therapy (Casodex, Flutamide, or Nilandron), or estrogen therapy (DES or PC-SPEZ). (Prior or current finasteride or dutasteride therapy is allowed)
  • Known urethral stricture
  • Urostomy or colostomy
  • Chronic urinary catheterization


  • UCSF
    San Francisco California 94143 United States
  • Washington University Medical Center St. Louis
    Saint Louis Missouri 63110 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Study Type
Expecting 600 study participants
Last Updated