Simmons Cancer Center physicians were among the first in the country to use brachytherapy, laparoscopic surgery, and radiofrequency ablation as the preferred methods for treating urologic cancers. They were also the first to remove a cancerous kidney using the “single access keyhole” method, which involves a single incision through the umbilicus, or belly button. These minimally invasive procedures provide effective alternatives to traditional surgery and radiation, greatly reducing pain, risk, scarring, and recovery time.
Brachytherapy treatment involves implanting tiny radiotherapy seeds about the size of a grain of rice that are able to destroy cancer cells, while leaving the rest of the body unharmed. Brachytherapy may be used in conjunction with radiation or in place of conventional radiation treatments.
Our physicians offer robotic surgery that filters out tremor, enhances precision, offers 3-D imaging, and eliminates the inverted manipulation of instruments usually required in laparoscopic procedures, all with a human at the controls. The technology and the physicians who use it are the most advanced in the field.
Simmons Cancer Center also offers clinical trials for the prevention and detection of prostate, kidney, bladder, testis, and other urologic cancers. Patients who qualify for a study may be offered therapies that show particular promise years before they are available to the public.
If you have questions, be sure to talk with your physician or another member of your clinical care team.