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Genitourinary Cancer

Treating genitourinary cancers

Bladder, Kidney, Prostate, Testes

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Genitourinary cancers affect organs in the urinary tracts of men and women, such as the bladder and kidneys, as well as the male reproductive organs of the prostate and testes. At Fairview, you have access to doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating all forms of genitourinary cancers.

Bladder Cancer
Bladder cancer occurs in the cells inside your bladder. Your bladder is the balloon-like organ that holds urine. Bladder cancer affects men more often than women, especially men over the age of 50.

When should you call your doctor?
The following symptoms may be caused by an infection, but may also be a sign of bladder cancer. 
  • Blood in your urine
  • Urgent need to empty your bladder
  • Needing to empty your bladder more often than normal
  • Feeling the need to empty your bladder without results
  • Needing to strain when you empty your bladder
  • Pain when you empty your bladder

Kidney Cancer
Most people are born with two kidneys that filter and clean our blood to make urine. Kidney cancer, also called renal cell cancer, affects about 65,000 men and women in the U.S. each year. 

When should you call your doctor?
  • Blood in your urine
  • Pain in your side that doesn’t go away
  • Lump or mass in your side or abdomen
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

Prostate Cancer
The male prostate gland surrounds the urethra and makes seminal fluid. It is a common cause of cancer in men. Because prostate cancer often grows slowly, detecting it in its early, more treatable stages, may increase your success of a cure.

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you have many treatment options available. Our team of urologic surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation therapists work together to develop a treatment plan that meets your medical and personal needs. Often this begins with watchful waiting. If necessary, it is followed by surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or hormone treatment.

When should you call your doctor?
Although other conditions may cause these symptoms, contact your doctor if you experience any of the following:
  • Weak, painful or difficult urination
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Persistent pain in the back, hips or pelvis
  • Painful ejaculation

Testicular Cancer
Cancer of the testicles is a rare cancer found most often in men between the ages of 15 and 34. It has a high cure rate, especially if the cancer is found early. Having an undescended testicle is one of the risk factors for testicular cancer.

When should you call your doctor?
  • Lump or enlargement in either testicle
  • Feeling of heaviness in your scrotum
  • Dull ache in your abdomen or groin
  • Sudden collection of fluid in your scrotum
  • Pain or discomfort in your testicle or scrotum
  • Enlargement or tenderness of your breasts

For more information
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 612-672-7272.

Genitourinary cancer care team

Hematology/Oncology

Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Urology

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