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You can access this
clinical trial
if you have
Prostate Cancer
and you are
over 21
years old
The phase for this study is not defined.
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The purpose

This study aims to determine whether surgeons at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are able to randomize patients to test modifications of surgery to remove the prostate. Surgery to remove the prostate is known as a "radical prostatectomy". Surgeons know many things about the best way to do a radical prostatectomy. However, there is disagreement about some aspects of surgery. Two modifications of surgery to remove the prostate (radical prostatectomy) identified for this study include Irrigation, and Fascial Suturing. Two aspects of the operation may vary, fascial suturing and urethral irrigation. For each aspect, surgeons will use their clinical judgment as to the best interests of the patient. In other words, if there are clear reasons to use or avoid a fascial suturing approach, the surgeon will act accordingly; similarly, if there is a clear reason to irrigate or avoid irrigating the urethra, the surgeon can make the appropriate clinical decision. If the surgeon is unsure as to which approach to take, then the randomization scheme will be followed. All of the surgeons who are taking part in this study have used these techniques at different times. However, they are unsure as to the best approach. Sometimes, they use different treatments with different patients. Irrigation. Cancer cells can spill during surgery and this can cause cancer to return ("recur"). Some surgeons believe that "irrigating" could help stop spilling of cancer cells. "Irrigating" means washing the surgical area with sterile water and sucking the water back up through a tube. As a result, surgeons vary as to how they irrigate. In this study, we will examine irrigation of the urethra. This is the part of the body that carries urine from the bladder to the penis. Fascial suturing. Surgeons believe that what happens to the urethra can affect the risk of incontinence. This is when a patient cannot control urine, and drips or leaks urine. One idea is that additional stitches ("sutures") to the connective tissue ("fascia") could be helpful, but this is not known for sure.

Provided treatments

  • Procedure: radical prostatectomy with urethral irrigation but no fascial suturing, QOL forms
  • Procedure: radical prostatectomy with fascial suturing but no urethral irrigation, QOL forms
  • Procedure: radical prostatectomy with both urethral irrigation and fascial suturing, QOL forms
  • Procedure: radical prostatectomy with neither urethral irrigation nor fascial suturing, QOL forms

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Tris trial is registered with FDA with number: NCT00928850. The sponsor of the trial is Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and it is looking for 300 volunteers for the current phase.
Official trial title:
A Randomized Trial of Modifications to Radical Prostatectomy: Feasibility Study