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Urologic Cancer

Urologic Cancer

MultiCare Urology is able to provide complete and compassionate care when diagnosing and treating your urologic cancer. Our facilities and specialists treat urologic cancer for all genders, including prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancer.

Symptoms of Urologic Cancer

Different types of urologic cancer have different symptoms, and some show no symptoms until the cancer is quite advanced. However, one common symptom of bladder, kidney and prostate cancer is a change in urinary habits, such as:

  • Blood in urine
  • Feeling like you constantly need to urinate, even if you just went
  • Getting up multiple times in the night to urinate
  • Having to urinate more than usual
  • Problems urinating, including an inconsistent stream

Unexplained lower back pain can also be a symptom, as can problems with erectile function, or a lump in your abdomen or testicles.

Risk Factors for Urologic Cancer

Heavy tobacco and alcohol use, along with a family history of similar cancers, are some of the highest risk factors for urologic cancers. White people are more likely to be diagnosed with bladder and testicular cancer, while Black people have a higher risk of prostate cancer. Age is another risk factor for most urologic cancers. However, testicular cancer is most often diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 45.

Diagnosis of Urologic Cancer

Diagnosis of your cancer will depend on your symptoms and the type of cancer you might have. In general, most diagnoses will include:

  • A physical exam, including a full medical history
  • Blood work
  • Urinalysis
  • Imaging, including ultrasounds, CT scans or MRIs
  • Biopsy

Treatment for Urinary Cancer

MultiCare offers many of the latest treatment methods for urologic cancer and other conditions.

Treatment for Bladder Cancer

  • Diagnostic cystoscopy — visualization of the inside of the bladder to evaluate for bladder cancer
  • Transurethral resection of bladder tumor(s) — removal of bladder cancer using a camera within the bladder (no incisions)
  • Robotic cystectomy — robotic assisted removal of the bladder

Treatment for Kidney Cancer

  • Robotic partial nephrectomy — removal of a kidney tumor while sparing the remaining healthy kidney
  • Robotic nephrectomy — removal of the entire kidney for cancer, done for larger tumors not suitable for partial removal

Treatment for Prostate Cancer

  • Ultrasound guided prostate biopsy +/- MRI fusion technology —obtaining tissue from the prostate to evaluate for cancer
  • Robotic radical prostatectomy — robotic assisted removal of prostate for cancer

Treatment for Testicular Cancer

  • Radical orchiectomy — removal of the testicle for a cancerous tumor
  • Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection — the surgical removal of abdominal lymph nodes as part of testicular cancer treatment

Why Choose MultiCare for Cancer Treatment

Our close partnership with MultiCare Regional Cancer Center, the region’s leading cancer center, and network affiliation with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) allows us to offer our patients a full complement of cancer treatment and support services, including local access to some of the latest clinical trials.

In addition, our experienced care team includes one of the most qualified and capable urologic robotic surgeons in the South Sound, some of the region’s most experienced board-certified urology specialists, and a skilled and dedicated staff of nurses and clinicians.

Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment

Don’t wait to find out if your urinary problems could be a sign of urological cancer. Contact one of our convenient South Sound locations or find a provider near you today.

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