Genitourinary Oncology Team
At the Georgia Cancer Center Genitourinary Oncology, our care goes far beyond what other centers can offer, from diagnosis to treatment and even after treatment is over.
It all starts with multidisciplinary care, combining the expertise of nationally recognized medical, surgical and radiation oncologists. Treatments come next, including those found nowhere else in Georgia or South Carolina; for example, our advanced robotic surgery program has performed over 1,200 unique and complex cases in the past ten years, more than any other program in the two-state area. And care goes on for as long as you need it, thanks to programs like our survivorship clinic, sexual health specialists, support groups and more.
What we treat
The Augusta University multidisciplinary prostate and genitourinary cancer clinic cares for patients who have been diagnosed with cancers in the genitourinary system, including:
- Prostate cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Penile cancer
Why Choose The Georgia Cancer Center for Your Prostate/Genitourinary Cancer Treatment?
- The area’s only multidisciplinary prostate/genitourinary cancer program
- The area’s most advanced treatment options to help spare healthy tissue
- State-of-the-art clinical trials, with new treatments not available anywhere else in the region
- Supportive services like our full-service Image Boutique, ostomy nurses, and male sexual health specialists
- Prostate cancer support group, Us Too (www.ustoo.org) meets monthly, run by prostate cancer patients for prostate cancer patients at all stages—diagnosis, treatment and after treatment
Risk Factors of Bladder Cancer
These factors increase the risk of developing bladder cancer:
- Smoking cigarettes. Smokers are three times more likely to develop bladder cancer than nonsmokers.
- Industrial chemicals. Employees who work with industrial chemicals are more likely to develop bladder cancer.
- Medications. Diabetes medications, as well as some dietary supplements, have been linked to increased risk of bladder cancer.
- Dehydration. When you stay hydrated, you empty your bladder more often and therefore relieve any chemicals that may otherwise be staying in your bladder.
- Arsenic in drinking water. Drinking water with high levels of arsenic can increase the risk of bladder cancer.
Signs of Prostate Cancer
If you are suffering from early stage prostate cancer, you might not notice any symptoms. However, if your prostate cancer has progressed to an advanced level, you may exhibit the following signs:
- Numbness or weakness in the legs or feet
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Chronic pain in the hips or back
- Frequent urination or problems urinating
- Blood in the semen or urine
- Erectile dysfunction
Risk Factors of Prostate Cancer
There are various factors that may increase a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer, including:
- Ethnicity. The two types of races that prostate cancer affects the most are African-American and Caribbean.
- Age. After you reach the age of 50, your chance of developing prostate cancer increases.
- Family history. If you have a father or brother with prostate cancer, it can double your risk of developing prostate cancer.
- Gene changes. If you inherit mutations of certain genes from a parent, like BRCA2, it can increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.
Schedule an Appointment with One of Our Oncologists
Whether your oncologist suggests surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy as a treatment option for your prostate cancer in Augusta, know that we will be with you every step of the way. Schedule an appointment with our cancer care team to see how we can treat your prostate cancer and help you achieve optimal health.