• Urologic Cancers

    Finding out you have urologic cancer can be stressful. You may want help understanding your diagnosis. You may need support to cope with the anxiety that comes with this type of news. Or, you may just want the right doctors working on a treatment plan so you can fight it.

    At AAMC’s DeCesaris Cancer Institute, we’re here to help with all aspects of your cancer journey. Our specialists design a custom treatment plan for you and work with other health professionals to give you the most comprehensive care. You and your loved ones can rest easier with access to nurse navigators, social workers, nutrition services and a spiritual care team.

    About Urologic Cancers

    Urologic cancers can affect: your bladder, prostate, testicles, kidneys and adrenal glands. Urologic cancers are among the most common types of cancers and can occur in men and women.

    Urologic Cancer Types

    We specialize in treating these urologic cancers:

    Signs and Symptoms

    We’re all unique, and cancer affects our bodies differently. Depending on your body and the type of urologic cancer, you may not have any noticeable symptoms. Some types, such as bladder cancer, tend to show signs early on in the cancer journey. Other types, like prostate cancer, tend to only show signs as the cancer grows.

    Some common symptoms of urologic cancer are:

    • Abnormal discharge (penis, urinary tract).
    • Anemia.
    • Blood in the urine or semen.
    • Erectile dysfunction.
    • Fatigue.
    • Fever and night sweats.
    • Loss of bladder control.
    • Painful urination or ejaculation.
    • Pelvic discomfort.
    • Swelling or lumps.
    • Unintended weight loss.
    • Weakness or numbness in legs or feet.

    If you or a loved has any of these symptoms, talk to a doctor right away.

    Diagnosis

    If your doctor suspects cancer, he or she will recommend tests to confirm or rule it out. These diagnostic tools give your doctor more information to stage or plan treatment for your cancer. Tests for urologic cancers include:

    • Biopsy.
    • Blood tests.
    • Cystoscopy.
    • Imaging tests (x-rays, scans, ultrasound).
    • Physical exam.
    • Urine lab tests.

    Treatment

    The main goal in treating urologic cancers is to remove the cancer without destroying organ function. Our urologic oncologists are experts at using the daVinci® Surgical System, a minimally invasive surgical approach to remove cancer and protect nerves.

    Depending on the type of urologic cancer, your treatment may also include:

    Our urologic oncologists are highly skilled and trained in advanced techniques. They use the latest medical research to evaluate your cancer. Our team includes urologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgeons and pathologists working together to develop your personal treatment plan and care for you throughout the process.

    We’ll also assign you a nurse navigator, a registered nurse who will help guide you through your diagnosis and treatment process.

    Make an Appointment

    We’re here to help. If you suspect you may have a urologic cancer, or you’ve been recently diagnosed, call 443-481-5800 to schedule a consultation.

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