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Urologic Cancer Care

Our Urologic Cancer Program focuses on urinary tract and genital cancer care through groundbreaking treatments and clinical trials not available anywhere else in the region.

1411 Laney Walker Blvd.
Augusta, GA 30912
706-721-6744
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Urologic cancer, also called genitourinary cancer, is a broad term that covers both male and female patients’ urinary tracts, as well as, the reproductive organs in men. Cancers of female reproductive organs are not usually included and are classified separately as gynecologic cancer

Urologic cancer, also called genitourinary cancer, is a broad term that covers both male and female patients’ urinary tracts, as well as, the reproductive organs in men. Cancers of female reproductive organs are not usually included and are classified separately as gynecologic cancer

Why Choose Us

The care you recieve at Georgia Cancer Center goes far beyond what other centers can deliver. From diagnosis and treatment to follow up care, we offer:

  • Multidisciplinary care teams: We combine the expertise of nationally recognized medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, working in collaboration with urologists, endocrinologists, nephrologists, and other specialists, to give you the best outcome for your cancer diagnosis.
  • Advanced robotic surgery: In cases where minimally invasive surgery is recommended, we use the robotic da Vinci surgical system. Our newest procedures can help spare healthy surrounding tissue and focus on removing only cancerous tissue.
  • Tumor board meetings: We meet twice a month to collaborate on new patient cases and to make recommendations for diagnosis and treatment. Our team also screens patients for potential enrollment in the latest clinical trials.
  • Clinical trials: As a research institution, we are always looking to develop new and effective treatments for urologic cancers.
  • Urologic Cancer Survivorship program: Our team includes sexual medicine specialists that help urologic, and other, cancer patients with the sexual and urinary dysfunction that could occur as a result of treatment. We also have mental health professionals available.

We treat conditions that occur in both men and women, including cancers of the: 

  • Adrenal glands 
  • Bladder
  • Kidney and renal pelvis  
  • Urinary tract (including urethra and ureter)  

We also treat  conditions that are specific to men, including:  

  • Prostate cancer 
  • Penile cancer 
  • Testicular cancer 
  • Erectile dysfunction and male urinary incontinence following cancer treatments 

We offer state-of-the-art cancer treatments, including minimally invasive surgery. Depending on your diagnosis, treatments can be combined for better outcomes.

Chemotherapy, Radiation and Hormone Therapy

These therapies may be used as part of a treatment plan for your particular cancer, we offer:

  • Intravesical chemotherapy: Potent drugs are placed directly into the bladder to kill bladder cancer cells.
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): This is a high-precision type of radiation therapy. It uses a computer to control both the shape and strength of the X-rays to precisely deliver radiation to specific places within a tumor, while minimizing the radiation exposure to surrounding normal tissues.
  • Internal radiation therapy: Small radioactive seeds are implanted directly into the tumor.
  • Conformal external beam radiation treatment (EBRT): This newer type of EBRT directs radiation to the prostate from several directions to help minimize the doses to surrounding healthy tissues. Many doctors now recommend conformal EBRT if it is available. Some types of conformal EBRT use higher doses of radiation for shorter periods of time which reduces the damage to healthy tissue.
  • Hormone therapy: We also use hormone therapy in conjunction with other treatments to:
    • Slow the growth of tumors that need hormones to grow
    • Reduce symptoms in men with prostate cancer who cannot have surgery or chemotherapy.

Surgery

Many of the urologic surgeries we perform are done nowhere else in Georgia or South Carolina. Our surgical team is skilled at performing all kinds of procedures to get you cancer free, from traditional open surgery to minimally invasive robotic procedures, we perform:

  • Adrenalectomy: A procedure to remove one, or both, adrenal glands if cancer is detected. Surgery is performed by our Adrenal Center
  • Bladder surgery:
    • Robotic or open radical cystectomy, for removal of the bladder in cases of advanced bladder cancer.
    • Neobladder, or continent diversion, for creation of a new bladder for drainage of urine without an external stoma.
    • Transurethral resection of bladder tumors, incision-free surgery to remove less aggressive tumors of the bladder.
  • Cryosurgery: A procedure that kills kidney cancer or prostate cancer by freezing malignant cells.
  • Kidney surgery:
    • Robotic or open partial nephrectomy, with fluorescent image guidance to allow precise removal of kidney tumors without removing the neighboring healthy kidney tissue.
    • Laparoscopic, robotic or open nephrectomy and nephroureterectomy, for removal of larger kidney cancers as well as cancers of the renal pelvis and ureter without large, painful incisions.
  • Prostate surgery:
    • Robotic or open radical prostatectomy, in which the prostate gland and margins of surrounding tissue are removed with optimal preservation of sexual and urinary function.
  • Ureteroscopy and laser ablation: We use a laser to remove tumors in the renal pelvis and ureter, preventing the need to remove the entire kidney.

Georgia Cancer Center provides our patients with continual cancer support care for as long as you need it. We offer:

  • Physical therapy, such as pelvic floor physical therapy for incontinence.
  • Support groups, such as Us Too, for prostate cancer and CSRA Gyn Cancer Support Group for gynecologic cancers.
  • Urologic cancer survivorship programs, where we address the mental and physical health needs that can occur as a result of your cancer treatment.

In addition to your doctors and surgeons, you have the benefit of a urologic cancer support team that includes our:

  • Nurse Navigators: Our nurse navigators specialize in your specific cancer and are here to inform and assist you during your treatment at Georgia Cancer Center.
  • Physical therapist:  Melissa Caywood, PT, DPT, WCS, pelvic rehabilitation specialist.
 

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

Albo, Daniel, MD, PhD

Oncology Surgery

Vinyard, Alicia Huff, DO

Surgery Oncology

Ameri, Afshin, MD

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

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