Genitourinary cancer affects any of the organs or glands of the urinary or male reproductive tract. Cancers of the female reproductive tract are known as gynecological cancers. However, women can still get genitourinary cancer, including bladder cancer.
Cancer centers at Dignity Health Central California offer comprehensive care for all types of genitourinary cancer. From cancer screening to cancer staging, our oncology specialists have the compassion and expertise to help you manage living with genitourinary cancer in Central California. Find a Doctor near you.
Types of Genitourinary Cancer
There are several types of genitourinary cancer, some which have unique symptoms and treatment needs.
Symptoms of Genitourinary Cancer
The symptoms can vary, depending on the organ or gland affected. The stage of the cancer can also cause distinctive symptoms.
Several genitourinary cancers share the same symptoms, including:
- Blood in the urine
- Trouble urinating
- Abdominal or back pain
Always report any changes in urination or unusual symptoms to your doctor for an accurate evaluation.
Treating Genitourinary Cancer at Dignity Health Central California
Each case of genitourinary cancer requires a personalized treatment approach. Treatment is not the same for everyone. The type of treatment you and your doctor choose will depend on the stage of cancer, your overall health, and your goals for treatment.
For all types of genitourinary cancer, common treatments include:
- Targeted therapy
- Hormone therapy
Learn about our specific treatment options for bladder cancer and prostate cancer.
Preventing Genitourinary Cancer
There’s no exact way to prevent getting genitourinary cancer. However, by controlling specific lifestyle factors, you can lower your risk for developing certain types of genitourinary cancer. Smoking is responsible for nearly half of all bladder cancers, so quitting tobacco will greatly lower reduce your chances of getting bladder cancer.
Although screening doesn’t prevent genitourinary cancer, it does help find cancer in an early, curable stage. Learn about the recommended cancer screenings for men and women at Dignity Health Central California.
Dignity Health Central California helps treat and prevent genitourinary cancer in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.