Prostate cancer occurs only in males when cells in their prostate gland begin to multiply unchecked. The prostate gland is responsible for making some of the fluid in semen. Most prostate cancer cells grow slowly, but some grow quickly and spread to other parts of the body.
The specialists in GW Cancer Center’s Urologic Oncology program offer leading edge cancer detection tools and genetic tests to improve diagnosis and enhance treatments.
Specialty Care for Bladder Cancer
Our cancer specialists will help you understand your cancer diagnosis and determine the best treatment plan. Sometimes the best approach is to monitor slow-growing prostate cancers.
Our program offers a clinic where patients can meet with several specialists in a single visit. Using advanced screening options, our specialists work together to accurately diagnosis the type of prostate cancer. We then create a treatment plan most likely to offer the best outcome for each patient. Treatments may include participation in life-saving clinical trials.
Bladder Cancer Program Information
Patient navigators support patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Navigators steer patients through the process. They even help them with the financial aspects of a cancer diagnosis, such as working with insurers.
Patients can conveniently interact with several specialists in one visit through our multidisciplinary clinic. Our team works together to provide an accurate diagnosis and to create the best treatment plan.
Patients who have received a diagnosis of prostate cancer should promptly consult our male fertility specialists prior to undergoing treatment. . You can contact a specialist at email@example.com and expect a prompt response. Our specialists will provide a quick evaluation and options for fertility preservation. You can then begin cancer treatment with little or no delay confident that children can be in your future.
Patients in clinical trials benefit from the latest developments in the field.
GW Cancer Center partners with these organizations to offer clinical trials for patients with bladder cancer:
- The Genitourinary Multidisciplinary D.C. Regional Oncology Project (GUMDROP)
- The National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- GW Cancer Center partners with the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) to study new treatments for testicular cancer.
There are several cancer detection tools and tests that are available. We offer:
- The Oncotype DX prostate cancer test to predict how aggressive the cancer will be. This helps us better determine the right treatment approach.
- Decipher gene testing following prostate surgery. It categorizes risk and identifies which additional treatments will be necessary to avoid a recurrence or spreading of cancer.
- Genetic testing for someone who has been diagnosed at a young age or who has a strong family history. Genetic testing can benefit the patient as well as their family – children and grandchildren – so they know if they are at risk for the disease and can take measures to avoid it.
GW Cancer Center invests in state-of-the-art technologies for cancer diagnosis and treatment:
- The da Vinci® robotic surgical system offers surgeons more precision to minimize potential side effects. GW Cancer Center was the first in the region to use the da Vinci® robot for the management of prostate cancer. We have performed the highest number of robotic cases in the greater Washington, D.C., area.
- The UroNav Fusion biopsy platform combines pre-biopsy magnetic resonance images (MRI) with ultrasound images to accurately guide a biopsy needle in real time. The system provides excellent visuals of the prostate gland and the needle. It results in better tissue collection.
Prostate Cancer is treated within the GW Radiation Oncology & Urological Oncology Program
- World-Renowned Patient Care
The GW Cancer Center’s Radiation Oncology Program is world-renowned for offering the highest level of radiation delivery and care to patients, while advancing treatments for future patients. Using state-of-the-art technologies, GW radiation oncologists deliver powerful doses of radiation directly to the tumor with exquisite precision. The approaches we use reduce the number of sessions required for radiation treatment in comparison with more conventional approaches, while also limiting side effects.
Radiation Oncology & Urological Oncology Program Information
Our radiation oncologists are committed to the practice of evidence-based medicine and continually find new and better treatment options that improve patient outcomes in the treatment of cancer. Our team works to offer the highest level of safety during every step of treatment. We collaborate closely with highly trained medical physicists in sub-specialized teams to create an individualized radiation treatment plan for every patient. Radiation therapists are present during each radiation procedure to ensure the correct dose of radiation is being delivered precisely where it's needed.
We provide patients with a wide range of radiation oncology services, including:
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- 3D conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT)
- Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
- Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
- Brachytherapy (interstitial, intracavitary, HDR and LDR)
Our goal is to deliver high quality medical care and services to patients, to conduct clinical, translational, and basic scientific research, and to provide educational opportunities to patients, health care workers, and the community. Our dedicated, supportive staff will make you feel comfortable while you receive the personalized, world-class medical care you expect from the GW Cancer Center. Take the first step and schedule an appointment today.
- At GW, we have strength in our colleagues, with whom we work closely to design, optimize, and implement patient-individualized radiation therapy treatments. These include our world-class specialists in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, surgical oncology, medical oncology and internal medicine.
- We collaborate closely with highly trained medical physicists in sub-specialized teams to create an individualized radiation treatment plan for every patient. Radiation therapists are present during each radiation procedure to ensure the correct dose of radiation is being delivered precisely where it’s needed.
- During treatment, we will follow your cancer treatment on a routine and as-needed basis, in order to assess treatment response, manage any and all potential side effects as well as offer any further treatments that may be beneficial. Furthermore, you can expect that our expert radiation oncologists and clinical supporting staff at GW will treat you with the utmost care and respect.
- We also offer the services of a patient navigator who can help with care coordination, communication and many other patient needs or barriers to care.
- Our team consists of nationally renowned specialists in medical and radiation oncology, as well as cross-disciplinary collaboration with experts from across GW.
- We are investigating approaches to combine radiation therapy with other treatment methods, including immunotherapy.
- We are cutting-edge, pushing the clinical and technological envelope forward for the benefit of our patients.
- We believe in developing clinical protocols to continuously improve the treatment paradigm for cancer patients everywhere.
- We collaborate with researchers across GW to bring the latest therapies from bench to bedside.
- We utilize state-of-the-art radiation machines such as the TrueBeamTM STx to deliver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
- We provide patients numerous options for radiation therapy, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), 3D conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and brachytherapy (interstitial, intracavitary, HDR and LDR).
- Our radiation oncologists are committed to the practice of evidence-based medicine and continually find new and better treatment options that improve patient outcomes in the treatment of cancer. Our team works to offer the highest level of safety during every step of treatment.
- Our dedicated staff also offer supportive care and resources throughout your time at GW.
Leading Edge Technology
The GW Cancer Center provides patients with access to the latest technology in radiation oncology, including:
- State-of-the-art radiation machines such as the TrueBeamTM STx to deliver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), a specialized form of radiation that precisely targets tumors
- Systematic therapies including immunotherapy and targeted therapies (drugs that work at the molecular level to stop cancer)