Prostate & Genitourinary Cancer Programs
At Norris Cotton Cancer Center, our focus is on treating the whole person and the totality of their prostate or genitourinary cancer.
We also are dedicated to providing ongoing support services for patients and their families. In this way, the patient and his or her family are full partners in the management of their care.
About the Prostate Cancer Program
Our Prostate Cancer Clinics provide comprehensive care from diagnosis and biopsy to determination of the best type of treatment for each patient. The program is a major referral destination for second opinions, and reviews patient cases at regular group meetings where doctors from several disciplines-surgery, radiation therapy, medical oncology, and pathology-work together to determine the treatment protocol to achieve the best possible outcome for each patient.
We see our mission as encompassing education about the disease and comprehensive diagnosis and testing techniques that help determine the correct treatment for each individual—whether the prostate cancer is local to the prostate and requires surgery or radiation treatment, whether the cancer has spread and requires chemotherapy or immunotherapy, or whether observation is the best treatment. We have a large cohort of men followed on ‘active surveillance’ for prostate cancer and use up-to-date technology and approaches to minimize the harm of overtreatment, while still ensuring the cancer is carefully monitored.
Our prostate cancer clinics include:
- Screening clinic, in which we have individualized discussions with men regarding their risk factors for prostate cancer, and their preferences related to screening and biopsy decisions. Patients are contacted in advance of clinic for basic preparations that would allow them to have a biopsy on the day of their appointment if they choose.
- Multidisciplinary treatment clinic, in which patients will meet with a urological surgeon and radiation oncologist to review options in detail, and employ ‘shared decision making’ to best meet patient preferences in safe management of their disease.
About the Genitourinary Cancer Program
Our Genitourinary Cancer Program team has broad expertise in treating both men and women for cancers of the urinary tract, bladder, and kidney, as well as male reproductive organs, including:
- Urodynamic testing to assess how well the bladder and urethra are performing their job of storing and releasing urine. Urodynamic tests help determine how well your bladder and sphincter muscles work.
- Urinary tract reconstruction such as neobladders and continent diversions.