Genitourinary cancer affects any of the organs and glands of the urinary tract or male reproductive tract. This type of cancer includes:
- Adrenal cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Penile cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Ureteral cancer
- Urethral cancer
At Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento, we provide expert, advanced treatment for various types of cancer, including genitourinary cancer in Sacramento and the surrounding areas. Find a Doctor or call (888) 800-7688 to schedule a consultation with an oncologist.
Signs and Symptoms
Genitourinary cancer describes a group of cancers that occur within the genitourinary system, also called the urogenital system. The genitourinary system is made up of the reproductive organs and urinary organs — including the bladder, prostate, kidneys, testes, and penis. The most common symptoms of genitourinary cancer are blood in the urine, difficulty urinating, unexplained weight loss, and persistent pelvic or abdominal pain. Learn More
Genitourinary Cancer Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of genitourinary cancer depend on the type of cancer and the organ or gland it affects. Some can cause symptoms very early in the disease. For example, bladder cancer can cause urinary symptoms such as blood in the urine or pain with urination. Other cancers, such as prostate cancer, may not have symptoms in the early stages. Penile and testicular cancer can have obvious symptoms early on such as a lump, ulceration, or swelling.
The exact cause of genitourinary cancer is not known, but risk factors vary and may include a family history of the cancer and smoking.
Treating Genitourinary Cancer in Northern California
We are proud to say that our state-of-the-art cancer centers accredited and equipped with the latest technologies for the most advanced care. Your treatment options will depend on the specific genitourinary cancer, but they may include:
- Chemotherapy drugs to kill cancer cells or stop them from growing
- Radiation therapy to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors
- Hormone therapy to reduce the levels of hormones in the body that affect cancer growth
- Targeted therapy to destroy cancer by zooming in on substances present only on cancer cells
- Immunotherapy to boost the body’s immune system fight to the cancer
- Surgery to remove the tumor or affected organ
Your experienced doctor and nurse navigator will discuss the goals, benefits, and side effects of each potential treatment with you, so you feel as prepared as possible. They will help you find the best treatment for your type of cancer, symptoms, and specific health needs.
Through our comprehensive care, we enable you to take charge of your health, offering our expertise and guidance along the way. Rely on our professionals to deliver personalized, quality treatment for genitourinary cancer.
Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento provides a team of specialists to treat patients with genitourinary cancer in the Sacramento region.