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Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer develops most often in people over 40, but no one knows the exact causes of this disease. Research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop kidney cancer.

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Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the United States. Although progress has meant that survival rates are improving, instances of the disease have actually increased over past decades.

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Prostate Cancer

This year in the United States, almost 180,000 men will be told that they have prostate cancer. After such a diagnosis, a man and his family face several choices regarding treatment; making decisions involving many personal as well as medical factors.

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da Vinci®

The da Vinci® System provides breakthrough capabilities that allow surgeons to perform complex procedures with greater precision through tiny incisions.

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Treatment Options

Cancer treatment is a choreographed balance between the treatments being administered and the patient’s ability to tolerate resulting side effects.

As a disease, bladder cancer is viewed as being more complex because, unlike some other cancers, there are multiple aspects of this disease, creating specific points where an individualized treatment processes can and should be considered. It is my job as your urologic oncologist to fully explain these aspects, to foster an understanding of the points where you create your total picture and determine how your treatment can be individualized.

My Take

Treatment decisions are hard to make by yourself. No written information can take the place of speaking directly with your doctor. It’s also important for your team to include family and friends. You’ll need the support; and involving them in the process will allow them to be helpful and put everyone more at ease.

Your treatment plan may include surgical removal, radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal manipulation or a combination of these techniques. Choosing the best treatment for localized bladder cancer is based on all aspects of your total picture.

Definition: (yoor-uh-LAHJ-ik on-KOL-o-jist) A doctor who specializes in treating cancers of the sexual and urinary system.