There is hope, innovation and support available for those with urinary tract cancers here at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The Multidisciplinary Urologic Oncology Clinic provides coordinated care to patients who have been diagnosed with:
- bladder cancer
- kidney cancer or Renal Cell Carcinoma
- penile cancer
- prostate cancer
- high risk or advanced prostate cancer
- transitional cell cancer (kidney/ureter/pelvis)
- testes / testicular cancer
- urethral cancer
Patient Care and Treatment
The Urologic Oncology Program follows a team approach to care. Our patients have their situation discussed not only by our urologic oncologists and surgeons, but also by experts in radiation oncology and pathology. By having everyone involved, a personalized treatment plan is developed. In most cases, this discussion happens the same day as the appointment.
A number of urologic cancers can be treated with the assistance of the da Vinici® surgical robot - a minimally invasive option that duplicates the standard surgeries but with smaller incisions and greater accuracy for better outcomes. A high percentage of patients are good candidates for these procedures. In addition, our surgical team has expertise in:
- nerve-sparing prostatectomy for prostate cancer
- robotic cystectomy and neobladders for bladder cancer
- retroperitoneal lymphadenectomy for testicular cancer
- partial nephrectomy and removal of kidney cancers invading the vena cava
For more information about robotic surgery, please visit the Robotic Urologic Surgery on the UofMHealth.org website.
Research and innovation
The Urologic Oncology Program received a Specialized Program in Research Excellence (SPORE) grant -- this allows our researchers to explore many different avenues (including stem cell research) to combat this type of cancer. It also means they can quickly move what proves to be successful in the laboratory to patients in the clinic.
Since our program is part of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, our patients have access to Patient Support Services. To fully understand what this means, please take time to visit the Patients Support Services area of this website. We outline the services available to our patients at every point in their care.
Make an appointment/referral
To make an appointment, please call 734-647-8903; or use our appointment request form. If you would like to refer a patient, please contact our M-Line service: 800-962-3555. For more information, visit our Make an Appointment web page.
Still have questions?
The nurses at Cancer AnswerLine™ have answers. Call 1-800-865-1125 and you'll get a personal response from one of our registered nurses, who have years of experience in caring for people with cancer.