Genitourinary Cancer

Genitourinary cancers are cancers that affect the urinary and male genital systems, specifically such organs and glands as the bladder, kidney, prostate, and testicles.

At UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center – the only National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in North Texas – our genitourinary cancer team works tirelessly studying new ways for prevention, fine-tuning methods for early detection, and improving the treatments for both early and late stages of these diseases. We work together across medical disciplines to provide each patient with the best advice and consultation, leading to the most appropriate treatment plan and best outcomes.

Where Patients Come First

At UT Southwestern, our patients are our priority. They benefit from the knowledge and experience we gain from treating hundreds of genitourinary cases each year, accounting for about 25 percent of cancers seen at UT Southwestern. This high volume translates into excellent care for you.

For example, our team has one of the region’s highest volumes of patients treated with robotic prostatectomies. For men considering this procedure, experience should be a top consideration.

Integrated Care, Specialized Expertise

We offer access to the most advanced treatments available provided by practitioners who are fully interconnected with a sophisticated electronic records system that facilitates easy consultation and discussion between doctors. This is in addition to scheduled weekly meetings at which the genitourinary cancer team meets to discuss complex cases.

Even in less complex cases, specialized expertise is essential to your care. Our team focuses on genitourinary cancers every day and works together to offer every patient a unique treatment plan designed to achieve the best possible outcome and preservation of quality of life.

Patients with genitourinary cancer also are encouraged to take advantage of UT Southwestern’s many patient-support services. Our whole-patient approach to care means that clinicians also strive to help patients with issues such as pain management, nutrition, psychosocial adjustments, and cancer’s impact on their families.

UT Southwestern’s state-of-the-art treatments for genitourinary cancer include:

Medical treatment
Use of drugs, including chemotherapy
Surgical treatments
Many of which are now minimally invasive or robotic
Radiation therapy, including radiotherapy

For more information, read “Partners in Progress: Treating GU Cancers” (PDF), a publication of the Simmons Cancer Center.

Research and Clinical Trials

UT Southwestern’s cancer researchers continue to make important progress in learning more about the causes of and cures for genitourinary cancer.

In prostate cancer alone, for example, investigators have identified biomarkers that may pinpoint recurrence and have discovered that some hormonal dietary supplements may promote prostate cancer progression. These are just two examples of discoveries that could eventually improve the lives of countless men.

UT Southwestern’s emphasis on research also gives many patients opportunities to participate in clinical trials that offer the latest new treatments for genitourinary cancers.

Those who qualify for study participation may be offered promising therapies years before they’re available to the public. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in a clinical trial.

Meet Our Team

Our team of genitourinary cancer experts includes:

Meet all of our genitourinary cancer specialists.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a genitourinary cancer specialist, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.