Urology is the branch of medicine that focuses on diseases of the male and female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs. Urologic organs include the kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra. The male reproductive organs include testicles, prostate, penis, and others.
Our program provides advanced diagnosis and treatment for patients with a urology cancer.
Research-based, Patient-Centered Cancer Care
The GW Cancer Center invests in research that will lead to future treatments and cures. As part of this, we’ve created a tissue bank for prostate, bladder, kidney, and testicular cancer. When new treatments become available, we will study them using saved tissue. The results translate into knowledge of which treatments work best for each tissue type.
This effort will lead to more individualized medicine. This is the future of cancer treatment. We will be able to offer better results when treatment plans are based on an individual’s genetics.
Urologic Oncology Program Information
We offer a multidisciplinary clinic where patients can conveniently interact with several specialists in one visit. Our team works together to provide an accurate diagnosis and to create the best treatment plan. Patients benefit when great minds collaborate on diagnosis and treatment options.
Patients who have received a diagnosis of testicular 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 you have taken every step possible to allow yourself the option of children in your future.
Patient navigators support patients who have been diagnosed with 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 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 urologic cancer:
- The Genitourinary Multidisciplinary D.C. Regional Oncology Project (GUMDROP)
- The National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG)
GW Cancer Center offers specialized screening and treatment for urologic cancers:
- The Oncotype DX prostate cancer test predicts how aggressive the cancer will be. This helps us better determine the right treatment approach.
- Decipher gene testing following prostate surgery categorizes risk. It identifies which treatments will be necessary to avoid a recurrence or spreading of cancer.
- For any cancer where systemic therapy is needed, we offer a specialized sperm analysis and retrieval procedure. This obtains viable sperm that can be stored and used after cancer treatment is complete.
- Some men with testicular cancer will be eligible for partial removal of the testicle (partial orchiectomies).
- Hormone therapies protect sexual health and performance in men after cancer treatment.
- We offer a reconstructive surgical procedure to divert urine out of the body for patients whose bladder has been removed.
GW Cancer Center invests in state-of-the-art technologies for cancer diagnosis and treatment:
- GW was the first in the area to use the da Vinci® robot for minimally invasive urologic surgery. We have performed the highest number of robotic cases in the greater Washington, D.C., area.
- Cysview® Blue Light Cystoscopy increases detection of cancer by using a special dye that can be better seen in cancer cells. This technology is helping to decrease the recurrence rate of cancer by catching recurrent tumors in the earliest stages.
- Urovysion™ Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) gives researchers a way to map an individual’s genetic material with a urine sample. We use this information to determine if cancer-causing genetic problems exist.
- 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.
Urologic Oncology 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)