Genitourinary Cancer Surgery
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St. Vincent's comprehensive care approach to treating patients addresses the medical, surgical and psychological needs of cancer patients with genitourinary cancers and their families.
For those patients with prostate cancer, the Urologist is often the first point of contact and the physician that will diagnose the disease. A patient is usually referred to an Urologist after having been told that their PSA (prostate specific antigen) or blood test has become elevated or if the primary care physician has noted a change in the digital rectal exam or DRE.
Furthermore, the Urologist is on the forefront of PSA screening and can provide patients with the appropriate education and knowledge they need prior to proceeding with an invasive procedure referred to as a biopsy to determine in there is cancer inside the prostate gland.
The Urologist serves as a the facilitator of treatment and will ensure that patients receive input from the other related specialties such as Radiology, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology prior to any definitive treatment choice.
For those patients that require surgical resection or removal of the prostate gland as treatment of their cancer, it is the Urologist who will perform this complex procedure. At the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, we have Urologists that are familiar and proficient in the latest surgical techniques for prostate removal including robotic surgery. Our physicians have the necessary skill, training, and expertise to provide optimal patient outcomes.
For those patients treated with a non-surgical approach such as surveillance or a form of radiation therapy, the Urologist continues to manage and guide patients through their particular treatment and assist in optimizing quality of life issues.
The Urologist is clearly a leader in the fight against prostate cancer.
From diagnosis to treatment to support services and survivorship, our team of surgeons, physicians, nurses, technicians, therapists and support staff work collaboratively to determine individualized treatment options leading to the most optimal results for the patient.
A combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy is commonly used to treat cancers of the genitourinary system. Each patient’s individual needs are assessed by our multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists to determine which combination of treatment options is most appropriate.
Complex cancer cases are often reviewed at St. Vincent's weekly tumor conference attended by physicians and staff from different disciplines ensuring the most thorough assessment of these cases.
Our Prostate Cancer Institute (PCI) provides screening, educational materials and support services for men with prostate cancer and offers screening according to the guidelines as outlined by the American Cancer Society.
At St. Vincent’s, patients are assessed on an individualized basis for specialized treatments including minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and personalized chemotherapy approaches.
Patients receiving chemotherapy may receive treatment in our Ambulatory Infusion Center where they will find a warm, healing environment with state-of-the-art medical equipment and experienced, certified oncology nurses.
At St. Vincent’s Medical Center, our prostate cancer nurse navigator is there to help guide patients through the diagnosis, treatment and survivorship of genitourinary cancer.
You will always be treated with compassion and with the philosophy of treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit – not just the cancer. Compassionate care is our mission.
The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care
The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care is accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
Criteria for accreditation include a relationship with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and a representative from the ACS is a member of our Hospital Committee on Cancer.
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