West Cancer Center & Research Institute is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West offers unparalleled  Genitourinary Cancer treatment for patients across the Mid South–from screening to survivorship-to provide your patients with the most individualized care possible.

Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer is a very common form of cancer and begins in the cells that line the bladder . While highly treatable and usually diagnosed at an early stage, follow-up tests are recommended because they can recur or advance to a higher stage

Symptoms of Bladder Cancer

If one of your patients is experiencing any of these symptoms, please refer them to one of our Genitourinary Cancer specialists (Link to Patient Referral Portal)

  • Frequent Urination
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Blood in Urine
  • Urination Pain
  • Back Pain

Diagnosis for Bladder Cancer

A patient with  bladder cancer  symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:

  • Physical: In most bladder cancer cases, suspicion comes from the patient’s routine physical examination when they are checked for growths in the pelvis and the abdomen.
  • Urine test:  This type of test may be used to detect abnormalities or disease in the urine, such as blood and/or cancer cells.
  • Intravenouspyelogram: The blood vessels in the bladder are injected with a dye, which allows the bladder to be seen on an x-ray.
  • Cystoscopy: A thin, lighted tube called a cystoscope is inserted through the urethra and into the bladder to examine the bladder’s internal lining.
  • Imaging: We may perform certain imaging tests – such as CT or MRI scans – to determine staging of the cancer.

Treatment Plans for Bladder Cancer

A  bladder cancer  treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to the stage as well as the location of the cancer.

CHEMOTHERAPY

A drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy to treat bladder cancer.

CLINICAL TRIAL

Your patient may benefit from a clinical trial

RADICAL CYSTECTOMY

Radical cystectomy is a surgical procedure where the entire bladder is removed, along with some of the urethra, surrounding lymph nodes, and potentially nearby organs or tissue where cancer cells are detected.

RADIATION THERAPY

Radiation therapy is often used in the treatment of bladder cancer to destroy tumor cells and minimize damage to surrounding healthy tissue. To learn more Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.

TRANSURETHRAL RESECTION

A transurethral resection uses electric currents to remove and destroy cancer cells.

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Kidney Cancer

Kidney Cancer is a form of cancer sometimes called renal cancer and develops in the bean-shaped organs that are located behind your abdominal organs.

Symptoms of Kidney Cancer

If one of your patients is experiencing any of these symptoms, please refer to one of our Genitourinary Cancer specialists (link patient referral portal)

  • Fatigue
  • Persistent Back or Side Pain
  • Intermittent Fever
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Blood in Your Urine
  • Weight Loss

Diagnosis  of Kidney Cancer

  • Physical Exam
  • Review of Patient History
  • Bloodtest
  • Urine Test:  This type of test may be used to detect abnormalities or disease in the urine, such as blood and/or cancer cells.
  • Biopsy:  A sample of tissue is removed for examination and to determine a diagnosis.

Treatments for Kidney Cancer

Your  kidney cancer  treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to the stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of the cancer.

Potential treatment options for your diagnosis include:

CHEMOTHERAPY

A drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy and surgery to treat the cancer.

CLINICAL TRIALS

A clinical trial may be a treatment option for your patient

PARTIAL NEPHRECTOMY

Partial nephrectomy is a surgical procedure where the portion of the kidney that contains the tumor is removed. This surgical method is used based on the size of the tumor and/or if both of the patient’s kidneys are affected or the patient only has one kidney.

RADICAL NEPHRECTOMY

Radical nephrectomy is a surgical procedure where the entire kidney, the tissue surrounding it, the adrenal gland, and affected lymph nodes are removed.

SIMPLE NEPHRECTOMY

Simple nephrectomy is a surgical procedure where the entire kidney is removed.

RADIATION  THERAPY

Often used with chemotherapy, radiation therapy is the use of high-powered radiation beams to kill cancer cells. To learn more Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center,  click here.

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Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men and is slow growing. If caught in the early stages and is confined to the prostate there is a better chance of successful treatment.

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

If one of your patients is experiencing any of these symptoms, please refer to: (link patient referral portal)

  • Blood in Semen
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Decreased Force in the Stream of Urine
  • Bone Pain
  • Pain in the Pelvic Region
  • Difficulty Urinating

Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer

A patient with  prostate cancer  symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine the correct diagnosis:

  • Blood tests:  A blood sample is taken to check for elevated levels of a prostate-specific antigen.
  • Digital rectal examination: A procedure to examine and check the size and texture of the prostate.
  • Biopsy:  A sample of tissue is removed for examination to determine if the patient has BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), cancer or another medical problem.

Treatments  for Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer  treatment plans will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited, to the stage and location of the cancer.

SURGERY

Surgical removal of the prostate is considered a local treatment and is an effective treatment option if the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate.

RADIATION THERAPY

Radiation therapy is the use of high-powered radiation beams to kill cancer cells. In early-stage prostate cancer, radiation can be used instead of surgery, or it may be used after surgery to destroy any cancer cells that may remain in the area. To learn more Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.

HORMONAL THERAPY

Hormonal therapy may be used as a treatment for prostate cancer to block or prevent the cancer cells from being exposed to testosterone.

CHEMOTHERAPY

A drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy and/or surgery to treat the cancer.

TARGETED THERAPY

A type of drug therapy that targets specific abnormalities within cancer cells that allow them to survive. This “personalized” medicine is less about a “one-size-fits-all” approach to cancer treatment, and more tailored to your patient’s specific cancer.

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