Genitourinary cancer care at Rush may include one or more of the following treatment options, depending on the type and stage of the cancer.
Chemotherapy and other drug regimens
- The most advanced chemotherapy treatment
- A prostate cancer vaccine (Provenge) is a new treatment vaccine that has been show to increase quality of life and survival rates. While the vaccine does not prevent the disease like conventional vaccines, it uses the patient’s immune cells to fight the disease after it has developed.
Genitourinary cancer patients are treated by a member of the radiation oncology team who focuses on genitourinary cancer. This focus gives physicians a unique understanding of how to most effectively treat genitourinary cancer using the technology available at Rush including the following:
- TomoTherapy or image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
Robotic surgery, such as the da Vinci Surgical System, in which the surgeon operates a computer that remotely controls very small instruments.
Complementary and alternative medicine
Rush offers complementary and alternative medicine therapies through the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program. These therapies, such as acupuncture, biofeedback, guided imagery and massage, can enhance traditional cancer therapies by easing muscle tension, reducing stress and anxiety, decreasing nausea, relieving pain and increasing energy.
Rush welcomes patients seeking second opinions. If you have been diagnosed with genitourinary cancer, you may want to get a second opinion from another specialist before you begin treatment to ensure you are aware of all treatment options and are comfortable with your course of treatment.
Our highly specialized genitourinary cancer physicians create a personalized plan to treat your cancer.