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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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Prognosis for Early Stage Disease

When we discuss the issue of “Survival Rate”, we are referring to a percentage of patients who live a specific number of years after the cancer is diagnosed. Generally speaking, prostate cancer survival rates are good, and only getting better. When prostate cancer is detected in its early stages, cure rates can be as high as 98%.

Prognosis in Late Stage Disease

Locally Advanced. If the disease is at the locally-advanced stage, in which it has spread beyond the prostate but only to nearby regions, it is more difficult to cure, but survival rates can be prolonged for years in many men. (When cancer has metastasized to the pelvic lymph nodes, the outlook is worse than if it has spread to other areas.)

Metastasized Cancer. If prostate cancer has metastasized (spread to distant organs), average survival time is 1 to 3 years, while some may live longer or die of other causes.

Prognosis After Recurrence

If cancer recurs after initial treatment for early-stage tumors, it is still potentially curable if it is contained within the prostate (although in most cases the cancer has spread). Even though the cancer almost always returns again, hormone therapies for such recurring cancers can often prolong survival for years.

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