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Prostate and Urologic Cancer

Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer diagnosed in American males in the United States with the exception of skin cancer. When caught early and treated appropriately, the majority of patients can be cured from their cancer.

The Prostate and Urologic Cancers Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital evaluates, diagnoses and treats cancers of the prostate, bladder, kidneys and testicles. We offer patients easy access to specialized care for these cancers. As a multispecialty program, we are dedicated to providing cutting-edge technology for the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer and other urologic cancers.

Why Smilow Cancer Hospital for Prostate and Urologic Cancers

What separates Smilow Cancer Hospital and its Prostate and Urologic Cancers Program from other institutions is the multidisciplinary approach to patient care by physicians have nationally and internationally recognized expertise in these cancers. Our program involves the expertise of physicians from radiation oncology, surgery, medical oncology, radiology and pathology who specialize in the treatment of urologic malignancies and are involved in cutting-edge research in the field.

Since the program includes all specialties related to prostate and urologic cancers, patients benefit from our ability to form a comprehensive, disease-based multispecialty team. The team meets regularly to discuss each patient's care and to develop a comprehensive treatment plan unique for each patient, in consultation with the patient's referring physician. This coordination and efficient collaboration allows us to deliver high-quality medical management.

Not only does the team provide a complete range of standard treatments, but it also offers an array of progressive, specialized medical and surgical approaches. These include non-invasive surgical techniques with laparoscopic surgery, precision guided intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), combined modality approaches with chemotherapy and radiotherapy and novel experimental therapies.

We have a unique immunotherapy program for renal cell cancer and conduct considerable research in prostate, bladder and renal cancers.

Radiation oncology

The first to offer IMRT in 1998, Yale New Haven's Radiation Oncology services has the longest experience in Connecticut using IMRT. Since then, we have accumulated a vast experience with the IMRT and we have continued to enhance the techniques to deliver IMRT, which has led to extremely minimal complication rates of 1 percent. Patients who are cared for through the Prostate and Urologic Cancers Program and need radiation therapy as a component of their prescribed treatment can feel confident that they are receiving the highest quality care from the most experienced team of radiation oncologists in the State.

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Surgical expertise

Our surgical center receives referrals for all malignancies of the testes, bladder, prostate, and kidney. Urologic laparoscopic procedures include: laparoscopic nephrectomy and partial nephrectomy and laparascopic lymph node dissection for testes cancer. Cryoablation (freezing the tumor) is available for appropriate kidney tumors. Ureteroscopic laser ablation for urothelial tumors is also used for upper tract lesions. In addition, Yale New Haven Hospital has added the daVinci robotic surgical technology for radical prostatectomy.

Support services

Our patients have access to caregivers who help them cope with the physical, emotional, and psychological issues related to these cancers. The extended team includes a health educator, social worker and a dietitian; and complementary therapists.

Imaging and Interventional Radiology

Our radiologists specialize in the imaging of disorders of the abdomen, pelvis, and genitalia. They are leading experts in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and fluoroscopy and are committed to delivering the highest quality diagnostic imaging in a patient-focused, evidence-based care environment to all our patients. Our radiologists utilize expertise along with the latest advances in technology, including MR-US fusion for prostate imaging, MRI-guided prostate ablation, as well as positron emission tomography (PET) scans and advanced nuclear medicine scans.

Artemis

Artemis

Artemis prostate biopsy combines high-resolution ultrasound with 3D MRI imaging.

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