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Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Center Institute Cancer Registry 2013 Annual Report

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Urologic Cancer Program

Urologic cancers can strike the entire genitourinary tract of both women and men and include:

For more information on female cancers, please visit our Gynecologic Oncology Program.

Experienced Urologic Cancer Team

All of our urologic oncologists are board-certified and use the latest in medical research to assess and evaluate your possible urologic cancer. Part of our treatment includes the collaboration of a team, where our urologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgeons and pathologists work together to develop treatment plans and manage your care.

The goal is to remove the cancer without destroying function to these very important organs. That is why our urologic oncologists are experts at using the daVinci® Surgical System, a minimally invasive surgical approach to removing cancer while sparing nerves. We also offer you a nurse navigator, a registered nurse, who can help guide you through your diagnosis and treatment process.

Our wide array of services also includes supportive care, where you will find support groups, social workers, spiritual care and nutrition services to help support you while you complete your treatment.

Urologic Cancer Clinical Trials

Our physicians are involved in a wide variety of research opportunities and clinical trials, giving our patients access to cutting-edge technologies and treatment offerings. Patients have the option to participate in research conducted at AAMC and at other locations across the nation.

In addition, the Anne Arundel Health System Research Institute has been named the inaugural affiliate of the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network. The network’s goal is to allow patients at regional health systems such as AAMC to benefit from their advances in areas such as diagnostic, treatment, and disease prevention. This affiliation gives our patients access to authoritative clinical research and an even wider range of options in patient care. Learn more about our research.

Bladder Cancer

Cancer that forms in tissues of the bladder. Most bladder cancers are transitional cell carcinomas (cancer that begins in cells that normally make up the inner lining of the bladder). Other types include squamous cell carcinoma (cancer that begins in thin, flat cells) and adenocarcinoma (cancer that begins in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). The cells that form squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma develop in the inner lining of the bladder as a result of chronic irritation and inflammation.

Kidney Cancer

Cancer that forms in tissues of the kidneys. Kidney cancer includes renal cell carcinoma (cancer that forms in the lining of very small tubes in the kidney that filter the blood and remove waste products) and renal pelvis carcinoma (cancer that forms in the center of the kidney where urine collects). It also includes Wilms tumor, which is a type of kidney cancer that usually develops in children under the age of 5.

Penile Cancer

A rare cancer that forms in the penis (an external male reproductive organ). Most penile cancers are squamous cell carcinomas (cancer that begins in flat cells lining the penis).

Testicular Cancer

Cancer that forms in tissues of the testis (one of two oval glands inside the scrotum that make sperm and male hormones). Testicular cancer usually occurs in young or middle-aged men. Two main types of testicular cancer are seminomas (cancers that grow slowly and are sensitive to radiation therapy) and nonseminomas (different cell types that grow more quickly than seminomas).

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