About Urologic Cancer
Making a Difference for Patients with Prostate and Other Urologic Cancers
The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute’s Urologic Cancer Team is comprised of expert physicians that help patients successfully overcome cancers of the prostate, kidney, urethra, bladder and penis. Our multidisciplinary team joins forces to create customized treatment plans for each patient that are designed and administered right here in the neighborhood.
Urologic cancer includes cancer of the kidney, ureter, bladder, penis and prostate. Prostate cancer is the most common urological cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, second only to lung cancer. Each year, more than 50,000 cases of bladder cancer are diagnosed in men and women. Like most cancers, early detection can be key to overcoming the disease. When it comes to prostate cancer, there are several screening tests that help in this effort.
There are often no symptoms of these cancers in their early stages. Later symptoms of urological cancers include frequent urination, inability to urinate, painful or burning urination, blood in the urine or semen, difficulty in having an erection, painful ejaculation and back pain. Kidney cancer symptoms may also include lumps or pain in the side and weight loss. Many of these symptoms, however, can also indicate benign conditions so it’s important for patients to discuss them with their doctors.
Diagnosis and Staging
Urologic cancers can be diagnosed in several ways. For prostate cancer, biopsies are often used. Other types of urological cancers can be detected through blood tests, a urinalysis, and various types of imaging scans. Like most cancer types, how far it has progressed is determined using the Gleason system, on a scale of one to five.
Our board-certified physicians design a treatment plan customized for you. Treatments may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy or even watchful waiting.