Patient-centered Care for Genitourinary Cancers
Genitourinary (GU) cancers range from common malignancies like prostate cancer to relatively rare conditions such as testicular cancer. Whatever your concerns, you want the best possible care, so you can get back to your family, work and day-to-day life as soon as possible.
The Genitourinary Oncology Program includes experts from across Tufts Medical Center working together to offer personalized recommendations and leading-edge care for cancers of the male urinary tract and genitals.
Our team provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for all GU tumors, such as:
- Prostate cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder and other urothelial cancers
- Testicular cancer
- Penile cancer
Which Treatment Option Is Right for Me?
The experts of the Genitourinary Oncology Program have a great deal of experience caring for patients with GU cancer. Nevertheless, we understand that the most effective treatment programs result from close collaboration among the patient, family and health care team. That's why our doctors take the time to learn about your individual concerns, explain your options and answer your questions before recommending a care plan.
Our services include:
- Prostate cancer screening
- Pre-treatment evaluations and second opinions
- Active surveillance for low-risk tumors
- Access to clinical trials
- Minimally invasive (robotic/laparoscopic) surgery
- Radiation therapy, including state-of-the-art intensity-modulated external beam therapy
- Medical therapeutics such as hormone therapy, chemotherapy and tumor vaccines
What If I Need Surgery?
If your GU tumor requires surgery, you understandably may be concerned about the discomfort and potential complications of traditional, or "open," procedures. Fortunately, our surgeons have extensive experience with minimally invasive surgical techniques. We use the latest laparoscopic and robot-assisted technology to minimize your pain, risk and recovery time.
During laparoscopic surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, doctors insert a camera and specialized surgical instruments through small incisions in your abdomen to take a tissue sample (biopsy) or perform more-complicated procedures.
Our advanced, robot-assisted da Vinci Surgical System gives our physicians enhanced visualization, dexterity and precision. As a result, we can perform delicate and complex surgery, such as removing all or part of a kidney, through incisions as small as the tip of your finger.
A Team of Leaders
Effective treatment for complex GU cancers requires a team of experts working in close collaboration. The doctors of the Genitourinary Oncology Program meet weekly to coordinate care for patients. In addition, our nurses, dietitians, social workers and other support staff work with our physicians to integrate services and provide a comprehensive, individualized care plan.
The urologists, oncologists and radiation oncologists in the Genitourinary Oncology Program at Tufts Medical Center are paving the way with research that charts new paths to discovery in a field where there still remains much to learn.
Our physicians not only have clinical expertise in prostate and other cancers, they direct clinical and translational research focused on better understanding how these cancers grow, spread and impact quality of life. For example, Dr. Carpinito's research is focused on finding new therapeutic strategies that improve both survival and quality of life for people with prostate and other urological cancer.
We appreciate the importance of maintaining close relationships with referring physicians and will communicate with you throughout your patient's course of treatment.