Genito-Urinary Surgeons

2120 W. Central Avenue,
Toledo 43606

Urological Oncology

What you should know about urinary cancers and treatment

Urological Oncology

Prostate Cancer is among the most common cancers in men. But it can be treated effectively, especially when it’s caught early (that’s why regular screening for men over 50 is so important). According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer occurs in one out of six men. Diagnosed cases have risen rapidly, but mortality rates are declining, possibly due to increased screening.

Genito-Urinary Surgeons performed the first robotic da Vinci® prostatectomy in Northwest Ohio. Since then, we’ve performed the most robotic prostatectomies in the area. We hold the most directorships of robotics programs in the area. Also, we were the first in Northwest Ohio to perform brachytherapy for prostate cancer. Finally, we have the most cryosurgery (freezing to kill tumors) experience in Northwest Ohio.

In all, we offer the most advanced preoperative and postoperative urinary cancer care in the area. We perform diagnosis in-office with the added convenience of onsite prostate visualization and biopsy. Biopsy specimens are evaluated by our own board-certified urologic pathologist.

Brachytherapy is a form of radiation therapy for prostate cancer. It involves implanting tiny radioactive pellets called “seeds” into the cancerous prostate gland. The seeds emit radiation that kills the malignant tumor. Men with small early-stage tumors confined to the prostate are good candidates for brachytherapy. We also use transrectal ultrasound to map the prostate and a computer to calculate its volume, the number of seeds needed and the precise placement of the seeds.

Cryotherapy is a treatment for prostate and kidney tumors. This treatment uses extreme cold to destroy cancer cells.

Testiculat cancer is treated successfully in more than 95% of cases. According to the American Cancer Society, the disease is most prevalent in men aged 18 to 32. Treatment depends on the stage and tumor type and may require radiation, chemotherapy and/or surgical lymph node removal. Onsite imaging with ultrasound and CT scanning provide rapid evaluation. Prompt surgical excision is important and can be readily performed in our adjacent ambulatory surgery center.

Kidney or upper tract cancer can develop into several types. Renal cell carcinoma is the most common form and accounts for approximately 85% of all cases. Surgery is the mainstay in the treatment of kidney cancer. Surgical treatments include partial and radical nephrectomy (often using minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic approaches using the da Vinci system), da Vinci® partial nephrectomy, nephro-ureterectomy and cryotherapy.

Bladder cancer accounts for about 90% of urinary tract cancers. Bladder cancer is much more common in men. Treatment for bladder cancer depends on the stage of the disease, the type of cancer and the patient’s age and overall health. Options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy. In some cases, we combine treatments. We also diagnose and treat superficial bladder cancer in our adjacent ambulatory surgery center.

If removal of the bladder becomes necessary, we use advanced reconstructive techniques. This creation of a new bladder can help the patient’s emotional and functional recovery, and necessary follow-up imaging studies can be performed onsite.

Our doctors combine skill, experience and innovation in treating urologic cancers to bring you the highest-quality cancer care in the area. In fact, we can diagnose and treat all but the most advanced forms of cancer right here at our main office.

For more information on urologic cancers, please visit the American Cancer Society at