Penn Urology

Urologic Cancer

Cancer can develop in any organ of the urinary system and the male reproductive system. As with other forms of cancer, the earlier urological cancer is detected, the greater the chance of successful treatment.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is among the most common cancers in American men with more than 240,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

All of the latest advances in the treatment of prostate cancer are available at Penn. An appropriate treatment plan is developed for each patient based on his needs, which may include:

  • Traditional, nerve-sparing prostatectomy
  • Robotic, nerve-sparing prostatectomy
  • External beam radiation, in which high-energy rays from a linear accelerator are directed at the prostate
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), a form of more focused radiation therapy used to treat targeted areas from multiple directions
  • Brachytherapy, in which radioactive seeds are placed (implanted) into the prostate in the operating room
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), which uses photosensitizing agents to destroy cancer cells when they are exposed to fixed-frequency laser light
  • Cryosurgery

Other Urologic Cancers

Along with prostate cancer, other urologic cancers are becoming increasingly common among American men and women. Penn urologists provide the diagnosis and treatment for:

  • Bladder cancer – Along with minimally invasive bladder-sparing treatments, Penn urologists have experience in creating an “intestinal bladder” for patients in whom the bladder is removed.
  • Kidney cancer – Penn urologists have a wealth of experience in managing kidney cancer, with an emphasis on sparing the kidney whenever possible.
  • Testicular cancer – In men ages 15 to 45, testicular cancer is the most common form of urologic cancer. Penn urologists are experienced in the latest techniques and protocols for treating this serious disease.



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