Radical prostatectomy in oligometastatic prostate cancer

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Purpose of review

Although cytoreductive surgery is accompanied with prolonged survival in many other malignancies in a metastatic stage, its role in oligometastatic prostate cancer is unclear.

Recent findings

Radical prostatectomy (RP) in patients with oligometastatic prostate cancer seems to be feasible. Perioperative complication rates vary between 20 and 50% (Clavien 1–3) and are comparable to patients with locally advanced tumors. Postoperative functional outcomes (urinary continence and erectile function) can be slightly worse than in patients with locally advanced tumor. In literature, an oncological benefit of surgery is so far only described for retrospective multiinstitutional databases and a case–control study but not for prospective studies. Still, men undergoing RP clearly seem to develop severe local complications less frequently than patients receiving best systemic therapy (up to more than 50% versus less than10%).


Patients should be counseled about the potential significant reduction of local complications whenever undergoing RP for oligometastatic prostate cancer. Nevertheless, as complication rates are relatively high, functional outcome can be slightly worse compared with RP with curative intent and especially as oncological benefit so far is shown using retrospective but not prospective data, patients should only undergo surgery within the ongoing prospective, randomized trials.

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