Urologic Cancer Care

What are Urologic Cancers?

Cancer is the result of fast and abnormal cell growth.

Urologic cancers affect the organs and structures of the male and female urinary system and the male reproductive system.

These cancers are fairly common.

At UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, our experts address the many aspects of urologic cancers.

We work closely with your referring doctor and other UPMC specialists to tailor treatment suited to your type and stage of cancer.

Types of Urologic Cancers

Named for the structures they affect, types of urologic cancers include:

  • Bladder cancer affects the cells that line the urinary bladder, a small sac that collects urine for excretion. Doctors diagnose close to 71,000 people in the United States with bladder cancer each year.
  • Renal (kidney) cancer forms in the small tubes that clean the blood of the kidneys. Renal pelvis cancer is a rare form of this disease. It occurs in the part of the kidney that connects to the bladder. Doctors diagnose about 49,100 cases of renal and renal pelvis cancers each year.
  • Testicular cancer forms in a testis and accounts for only one percent of all cancers in men. Each year, doctors diagnose around 8,400 cases in the U.S.
  • Penile cancer is rare. It affects the penis — the male reproductive organ, which is as a part of the urinary system.
  • Urethral cancer occurs in the urethra, the tube that conducts urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. In men, the urethra travels through the penis; it also carries semen. Urethral cancer is rare, and it occurs more often in men than in women.

Why Choose UPMC for Urologic Cancer Care?

At UPMC Hillman CancerCenter:

  • You receive personal, evidence-based treatment tailored to your type and stage of urologic cancer.
  • Our surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists — along with nutrition experts, pain specialists, and others — provide complete, compassionate care at every stage.
  • You have access to advanced urologic cancer treatments through clinical trials. You may not find these treatments anywhere else.
  • UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in western Pennsylvania. This is one reason we attract leading cancer researchers and doctors.

Contact Us About Urologic Cancer Care

To learn more about urologic cancer care or to make an appointment, you can:

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Types of Urologic Cancer

Urologic cancers include cancer of the kidney, bladder, renal pelvis, penis, testicles, and urethra.

Learn about the types of urologic cancer.
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Treatments for Urologic Cancer

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center offers many treatments for urologic cancers including medical oncology, radiation, and surgery.

Read more about urologic cancer treatments.