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About the Department

Urologic Oncology is a field of medicine dedicated to the understanding of tumors of urinary systems. It includes cancer of the prostate, kidney, testicles, and bladder. 

Urological cancer is of multiple types. Cancer of the kidney and bladder is seen in both men and women. Other types are testicular cancer seen in men and vaginal cancer seen in women.

At Fortis, Bannerghatta, our department of Urologic Oncology is at the forefront in offering a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating all types of urologic cancers, ensuring that your needs are met. Our urologic oncology experts work together across oncology, pathologists, radiologists, surgeons, and nephrology to offer comprehensive treatment plans for all areas of urologic oncology. 

At Fortis, our experts are committed to preserving the quality of life while maximizing efforts to defeat cancer. Our highly-skilled surgeons use minimally invasive procedures that offer quicker recovery with less pain. We are also equipped to provide advanced robotic-assisted surgery for faster recovery rates.

We understand that your family means a world to you. That is why we work to support your whole family while you are in our care—and after you go home.

From bringing you and other family members into care plan meetings to providing emotional support, we do our best to help fit our care into your lifestyle. Every member of our team has just one focus—help you get better faster so that you can go home sooner. No matter what your health condition, you can be confident in our experience and skill in treating it.

Areas of Care

We have unrivaled expertise in treating the full range of genitourinary cancers. Here is a list of our areas of care.

Male-specific cancer:

  • Penile Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer

Cancer that can occur in either gender

  • Adrenal gland cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Ureter Cancer
  • Urethral Cancer

Symptoms & Diagnosis

Signs and symptoms of urological cancers 

Following is the list of signs and symptoms of various types of urological cancer:

Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer

Most of the times prostate cancer symptoms either go unnoticed or are not present at all. However, following signs and symptoms are observed at advanced stages of prostate cancer.

  • Trouble urinating 
  • Interruption during urination 
  • Discomfort in the pelvis
  • Bone pain
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Pain during ejacultion or while urinating
  • Traces of blood in the urine & semen

Symptoms of bladder cancer

  • Traces of blood found in the Urine.
  • Pain or burning sensation while urinating, urinating more often than usual and urinary incontinence.
  • Unable to release urine
  • Lower back pain, especially on one side
  • Unnatural Loss of appetite & weight
  • Swelling of the feet
  • Bone pain

Symptoms of kidney cancer

Signs and symptoms of kidney cancer overlap the symptoms of kidney infection, but the following symptoms and signs should always be kept in check:

  • Discolored urine which is pink, red or brown-ish in colour.
  • Pain below the ribs which is continous
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  •  Inconsistent Fever 

Signs and symptoms of penile cancer

  • Change in the skin on the penis, such as color change, change in thickness, a sore or lump, and new tissue build up
  • A rash or flat growths that can bed reddish, velvety, crusty or blueish-brown
  • Discharge from the penis which may have a foul smell
  • Swelling near the tip of the penis
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the groin

Signs and symptoms of testicular cancer

More often, testicular cancer is generally seen affecting only one testicle. The signs and symptoms may include:

  • A lump in the testicle
  • An enlarged testicle
  • A heavy feeling in the scrotum
  • Pain in a testicle or the scrotum
  • An achy feeling in the groin or lower abdomen

Having one or more of these symptoms, doesn’t necessarily mean that you have cancer. Discuss these symptoms with your doctor if they happen to last more than 2 weeks and undergo further diagnosis, to arrive at a concrete conclusion. 

Our Diagnostic Services

Diagnosing prostate cancer

Screening tests for prostate cancer include digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.
An abnormal DRE or PSA test will requires additional testing. Other diagnostic tests for prostate cancer include:

- Transrectal ultrasound (an ultrasound of your prostate)
- Prostate biopsy (removing and analyzing a sample of cells from your prostate)
- Bone scan
- Computerized tomography scan (CT scan)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Positron emission tomography scan (PET scan)

Diagnosing bladder cancer

Bladder cancer can be confirmed or ruled out cancer using the following tests:

- Physical exam of the bladder, which can be done through the rectum or vagina
- Urinalysis to check for blood in the urine
- Cystoscopy
- Lab tests, such as

  • Urine cytology
  • Urine culture
  • Urine tumor marker test

- Biopsy of the bladder
- Imaging tests

  • Ultrasound
  • Bone scan
  • Computerized tomography scan (CT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

- Intravenous pyelogram (IVP) or intravenous urogram (IVU)
- Retrograde pyelogram

Diagnosing kidney cancer

Kidney cancer can be confirmed or ruled out cancer using the following tests:

- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Imaging tests, such as

  • Computerized tomography scan (CT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

- Biopsy of kidney tissue

Diagnosing penile cancer

Penile cancer can be confirmed or ruled out cancer using the following tests:

- Physical exam, focusing on the penis
- Biopsies

  • An incisional biopsy, which removes only part of the growth or lesion
  • Excisional biopsy, which removes all of the growth or lesion
  • CT-guided fine needle biopsies
  • Lymph node biopsy

- Imaging tests

  • Computerized tomography scan (CT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound

Diagnosing testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is detected through a routine self-exam of the testicles or presence of a lump in a testicle. It can be confirmed or ruled out further using the following tests:

- Ultrasound of the scrotum and testicles
- Blood tests for tumor markers
- Computerized tomography scan (CT scan)

Treatment Options

Our experts work closely to evaluate your cancer and determine the best course of treatment, based on:

  • The type of urological cancer
  • The  tumor size
  • The stage the cancer has progressed to.
  • Your prognosis

At Fortis, we offer the latest therapies for patients with cancer. Our care team will work with your referring doctor to decide the best mix of treatments, which may include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Supportive care

You and your doctor can together discuss and make an informed decision for your treatment in keeping your preferences and family’s point of view in mind.

Our Team that cares

Our integrated teams of experts are committed to working for all types of urologic oncology cases. They will oversee all aspects of your care, from diagnosis and treatment through survivorship and long-term follow-up. Our team of experts includes radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, interventional radiologists, pathologists, urologists, nephrologists, reconstructive and plastic surgeons, palliative care doctors and trained nurses.