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Drawing of prostate and surrounding anatomy by Leon Schlossberg, The Journal of Urology, 1987.

the extent of the disease and eventually helping surgeons predict the probability of cure.

Today, as surgeons fine-tune their techniques, scientists are using tissue harvested at surgery to move forward on all prostate cancer research fronts, even focusing on the genes that might trigger this disease. Their hope? Someday they'll be able to avoid surgery altogether by stopping the cancer before it can start.

In the meantime, prostate cancer sufferers are beholden to those noble surgeons who led a crusade against this deadly disease.

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