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Diagnosing & Treating Genitourinary Cancer on the Central Coast


Genitourinary cancer is a term that encompasses cancers of the urinary tract or the male reproductive tract. It includes:

Cancers of the female reproductive tract are a separate category, and they are referred to as gynecologic cancers. 

At Dignity Health Central Coast, our doctors are experienced in compassionately treating all types of genitourinary cancers. We will work with you to personalize your care based on your unique circumstances.

Have questions about the symptoms or treatment options for genitourinary cancer on the Central Coast? Find a Doctor today at one of our local hospitals:

 

Identifying Genitourinary Cancer Symptoms at Dignity Health Central Coast

Because genitourinary cancer is a term that includes several different cancers, the symptoms for each can be vastly different. If you have bladder cancer, you may see symptoms early, such as pain when urinating, or blood in your urine. Other cancers, like prostate cancer, rarely present early symptoms.

While risk factors vary based on the type of cancer, family history and smoking may play a role in many genitourinary cancers.

 

Types of Personalized Treatments at Dignity Health Central Coast

The type of treatment you will receive at Dignity Health Central Coast will depend on the type of cancer you have. Our team of experts will work closely with you to determine the best type of treatment for you. Types of treatments include:

  • Chemotherapy to kill cancer cells or stop their growth
  • Hormone therapy to reduce the hormones that help cancer cells grow
  • Immune therapy to increase the body’s ability to fight cancer
  • Radiation therapy to kill cancer cells using radiation
  • Surgery to remove the tumor or affected organs
  • Targeted therapy to destroy specifically targeted cancer cells 

Your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor is guided by a philosophy of care, dignity, and respect throughout your treatment. It’s our goal to help you return to the activities you love most.

Dignity Health offers comprehensive oncology services and provides personalized genitourinary cancer treatments on the Central Coast of California.