Surgical Treatment of Genitourinary Cancer

If you have genitourinary cancer, our experts at UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center may recommend a treatment plan that includes surgery. We offer the most advanced surgical techniques available for treating genitourinary cancers.

Working closely with our oncology imaging colleagues, our surgical team uses minimally invasive procedures to treat genitourinary cancers whenever possible.

Procedures such as laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery – including their use in brachytherapy and radiofrequency ablation – are effective alternatives to traditional open surgery techniques and traditional radiation treatments.

  • Laparoscopic surgery (“keyhole surgery”) – Uses several half-inch incisions instead of one long incision to remove tumors and other cancerous tissues.
  • Robotic surgery – Enhances precision by offering 3-D imaging, reducing surgeon tremor, and eliminating the inverted manipulation of instruments usually required in laparoscopic procedures. The technology and the UT Southwestern physicians who use it are the most advanced in the field.

Smaller incisions mean fewer risks and quicker recovery, which allows patients who need further treatment, such as chemotherapy, to get it sooner – something that can significantly impact the overall success of treatment for genitourinary cancer.

Disease-Specific Surgery Techniques

Robotic surgery is used widely in prostate cancer, as well as for many cancers of the kidney and bladder, and in early cases of testicular cancer. Even partial kidney removal, a highly complex procedure, can now be done robotically in the hands of an experienced surgeon.

When robotic surgery isn’t an option, UT Southwestern surgeons also are experienced in traditional approaches. Our team is a leader in single-port surgery, a procedure done with only a few incisions at the navel. Jeffrey Cadeddu, M.D., was the first U.S. surgeon to remove a patient’s kidney using this approach.

Clinical Trials

UT Southwestern offers clinical trials that may provide you with an opportunity to complement traditional therapy for genitourinary cancer with the newest, most promising treatment strategies. Talk with your doctor to determine if a clinical trial is right for you.

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