signpost iconRadical prostatectomy

Bottom Line:

Detailed information about radical prostatectomy. It includes coverage of keyhole (laparoscopic) techniques, nerve sparing surgery and what to expect afterwards.

Publication details:

Information is divided into the following sections:

  • What is it?
  • Who is suitable for it?
  • How is it done
  • Checking for clear margins
  • Nerve sparing surgery
  • After your operation
  • Long term side effects

We assessed this page using an appraisal instrument developed by Minervation specifically for this project. This approach is still in development, so you should regard the assessments as a general guide. Click here to find out more, or to let us know how you think the approach could be improved.

Reliability comments:

  • No references are provided
  • Website content is checked by relevant experts
  • The information is likely to be reliable, up to date and relevant to user needs.

Usability comments:

  • The web page is long
  • Summary statements are required
  • Graphics would complement the text
  • The multiple levels navigational tabs are somewhat confusing.
  • The website conforms fully to web accessibility standards


Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
There is a short statement on the homepage describing who CancerHelp UK are, and there is a button on the left side menu linking to further information about them.
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 3
The site reports a robust quality control procedure.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 2
The website content has been checked by relevant experts.
Is the page updated regularly? 3
The page was last updated on 15 October 2010.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 1
No references are provided; additional links would be helpful to the user.
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
No registration required.
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 3
Lida score 100%
Is the site design clear and transparent? 2
The homepage is clear and easy to find your way around. The design is slightly cluttered and it can be hard to pick out key navigational tools such as breadcrumbs.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 2
Yes, site design is consistent from one page to another, apart from the search results
Can users find what they need on the site? 2
Users can quickly access information relating to specific cancers by choosing the correct link on the homepage. There is a search box and results are displayed clearly, albeit using a layout that is different from the rest of the site. It appears that search results are ranked according to relevance. Finding related information across different parts of the site may be difficult for some users.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 1
The web page is long. Summary statements are required. Graphics would complement the text
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 37
We score each question out of three where:
0 = Never or Can't tell
1 = Sometimes or partly
2 = Mostly
3 = Always

Date rated


CancerHelp UK





Publication Type



Web page


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