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Sarasota Memorial GU Cancer CareGenitourinary Cancer Care

Genitourinary cancers account for about 16 percent of all new cancer cases. Genitourinary cancers (GU cancers) comprise malignancies of the bladder, kidneys, prostate, testes and penis. Prostate cancer is the most common, with more than 164,000 new cases expected to be diagnosed this year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Bladder cancer is the second most common GU cancer, with 81,000 new diagnoses expected this year.

Genitourinary Cancers We Treat

Below are the GU cancers that Sarasota Memorial commonly treats. If you’re seeking care for a specific or rare cancer that isn’t on this list, please call 941-917-7777, and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.

  • Bladder cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney cancer (renal cell cancer)
  • Urothelial cancer
  • Penile cancer
  • Testicular cancer

Genitourinary Cancer Treatment

Sarasota Memorial Cancer Institute’s integrated program uses a multidisciplinary team-based approach to leverage our specialists’ collective experience and expertise in diagnosing and treating even the most challenging GU cancers.

The program features an infusion center, offering traditional chemotherapy and the latest targeted therapies, as well as surgical and interventional options using the most innovative, minimally invasive tools and techniques like DaVinci Robotic-assisted surgery.

Surgical Treatments for GU Cancers

  • Biopsy procedures
  • Glansectomy
  • Laparoscopic and DaVinci Robotic procedures, including:
    • Nerve-sparing techniques
    • Laparoscopic and Robotic prostatectomy
    • Laparoscopic Nephrectomy
    • Robotic resections
  • Laser surgery
  • Lymphadenectomy
  • Open Nephrectomy
  • Penectomy
  • Reconstructive surgery (bladder reconstruction; artificial testicle implantation; etc.)
  • Segmental and radical cystectomy
  • Transurethal resection (TUR)

Non-surgical treatments for GU Cancers

  • Biological therapy
  • Biosphere therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Imaging-guided treatments, including embolization and ablation therapies
  • Immunotherapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Radiation therapy (by referral)
  • Radiofrequency ablation and other tissue/tumor ablation
  • Targeted Drug Therapy

Cancer Care Beyond Treatment

At Sarasota Memorial Cancer Institute, we treat more than just the disease. Our care focuses on the whole person, helping patients—and their families—through the physical, emotional and mental effects of cancer. This integrated cancer care approach includes:

Genitourinary Cancer Review Board

Sarasota Memorial’s team of cancer specialists meets weekly to review patient cases and to collaborate on the best treatment strategies for each case. This team includes urologic oncology surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional and diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, certified oncology nurses, supportive care clinicians and other specialists. Collaboration ensures our patients have very best care and most treatment options available.

Accreditation & Honors

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