Stanford Urologic Cancer Program Supports Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Join us throughout the month of September as we share exciting new advances in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment from Stanford Cancer Center doctors.

Urologic Cancer Program
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875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-498-6000 Getting Here

Our Doctors

Care and Treatment of Bladder, Kidney, Prostate, Urethra, and Testicular Cancers

Treatment at Stanford

The doctors of the Stanford Urologic Cancer Program are dedicated to preserving quality of life and providing exceptional care through customized treatment plans for each patient. Advanced treatments and technologies include:

  • State-of-the-art surgical techniques, including minimally invasive and robotic surgery
  • Neobladder reconstruction
  • Immunotherapies for castration-resistant prostate cancer and high dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) for advanced kidney cancer
  • Advanced imaging capabilities for detection of early and advanced disease
  • MRI-ultrasound fusion technology for targeted prostate biopsy to quickly and accurately target suspicious tissues
  • Clinical trials with the latest investigational therapies and combination treatments

Advanced treatment options:

3-D conformal radiation therapy

A radiology technique where the beams of radiation used in treatment are shaped to match the tumor and uses targeting information to focus precisely on the tumor.

Arterial embolization

A procedure in which small particles are injected to block a blood vessel, thereby shrinking a tumor by depriving it of oxygen-carrying blood and other substances needed for growth.

Brachytherapy

A type of radiation therapy in which sealed radioactive material  is placed directly into or near a tumor to deliver a higher dose of internal radiation over a shorter period of time.

Chemotherapy

The use of anticancer drugs to shrink or kill cancerous cells and reduce cancer spreading to other parts of the body.

Cryoablation

This technique uses extreme cold to destroy a tumor and is performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure.

Cryosurgery

A procedure that involves killing the cancer by freezing the cells using extremely cold temperatures with a small metal tool placed in the tumor. Liquid nitrogen is the most common type and is sprayed on or applied with a cotton applicator to freeze growths which then shrink and fall off.  

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy (also called biological therapy, biological response modifier therapy, or biotherapy) is designed to boost the body's immune system in order to fight cancer. The cells, antibodies, and organs of the immune system work to protect and defend the body against foreign invaders, such as bacteria or viruses. Doctors and researchers have found that the immune system might also be able to both determine the difference between healthy cells and cancer cells in the body, and to eliminate the cancer cells.

Intensity modulated radiation therapy

An advanced type of radiation technology that manipulates beams of radiation to conform to the shape of a tumor.

Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy

A less-invasive type of radical prostatectomy in which the prostate gland is removed through small incisions using a laparoscope (a long, flexible lighted tube with a video camera attached) and special long, thin surgical tools. This type of procedure is commonly performed by a surgeon using a robot to precisely maneuver surgical tools (robotic laparoscopic radical prostatectomy).

Minimally invasive robotic surgery

The use of robotic systems to aid in surgical procedures. Robotic surgery helps to overcome limitations of minimally-invasive surgery, and broadens additional surgical capabilities.

Neobladder reconstruction

A neobladder, usually made from a piece of a patients own small intestine, is an option for some patients who have had to undergo surgical removal of the bladder.

Radiation therapy

The use of high-energy radiation to kill or shrink cancer cells, tumors, and non-cancerous diseases.

Radical prostatectomy

An open-surgery procedure in which the entire prostate gland and some tissue around it are removed. This surgery involves an incision in either the abdomen or the area behind the scrotum. Doctors at Stanford perform nerve-sparing prostatectomies, which maintains sexual function.

Robotic partial nephrectomy

The use of robotic aids in the precise surgical removal of tumors of the kidney.

Targeted therapies

Targeted therapies can target cancerous cells without affecting healthy tissue, unlike radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)

Surgery to remove part of the prostate gland that surrounds the urethra by using a small tool that is placed inside the prostate through the urethra at the tip of the penis. There is no incision with this method. TURP is used as a palliative procedure (to relieve symptoms), not as a procedure to cure the cancer.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

Before beginning treatment, ask your doctor about any clinical trials you should consider. Learn more about clinical trials for cancer patients.

Clinical trial eligibility flowcharts

Eligibility flowcharts map clinical trials to specific types of cancers to determine if a participant is eligible for the particular clinical trial. View all urologic and genitourinary cancer eligibility flowcharts at the Stanford Cancer Institute.

For Patients

PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

Review the New Patient Packet for information about:

  • What to expect on the day of your appointment
  • Maps, directions, parking, public transit options, and contact information
  • Other patient resources

Bring completed forms found in the Urologic and GU Cancer New Patient Appointment Letter.

MEDICAL RELEASE

Please fax the Medical Record Release Form to your new patient coordinator. The medical release form is an authorization form for external facilities to release medical records to Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics). 

International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561
Email: IMS@stanfordmed.org

Call us to make an appointment

650-498-6000

For Health Care Professionals

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients including access to PRISM, our referring provider portal.

PHYSICIAN HELPLINE

Phone: 1-866-742-4811
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.

Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.

Please note, though this form is from Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics), it is also used for all Cancer Center referrals.

Track your patients' progress and communicate with Stanford providers securely online.

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