Urology and Urologic Cancers
At City of Hope, our physicians are leading experts in treating patients with all types of urologic cancers. Just as no two patients are alike, cancer requires a unique treatment plan tailored to each individual to attain the best possible outcomes.
 
As one of a select number of institutions to attain the elite designation of  Comprehensive Cancer Center from the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is acknowledged as a leader in cancer research and treatment.  Patients at City of Hope have access to:
 
  • Researchers and physicians who are nationally recognized experts in developing novel methods for preventing, detecting and treating urologic cancers
  • A multidisciplinary team of specialists in medical oncology, surgery and recovery.
  • Innovative clinical trials on the latest promising treatments, many unavailable anywhere but City of Hope
 
We are actively developing tomorrow’s treatment protocols today for bladder, kidney, prostate and testicular cancers. City of Hope was one of the first cancer centers in the United States to perform robotic-assisted prostatectomy using the  da Vinci® surgical system , and our surgeons have performed thousands of robotic urologic procedures.  The most significant benefits to patients are quicker recovery times and decreased blood loss compared to patients undergoing conventional “open incision” procedures.
 
City of Hope is home to California's largest prostate cancer program (according to data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, OSHPD) and maintains one of the country’s largest databases of  prostate cancer outcomes . City of Hope also maintains a large database of bladder cancer outcomes to aid in developing new treatment protocols. We have also developed more precise tools to monitor cancer progression in men who have opted for active surveillance for prostate cancer. 
 
Other leading-edge treatments offered here include robotic-assisted laparoscopic cystectomy and bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection for muscle-invasive bladder cancer. In fact, we have performed the largest number of robotic-assisted radical cystectomy procedures worldwide. In addition, we perform a variety of procedures to treat kidney cancer/renal masses, including radical nephrectomy, nephron-sparing surgery (open, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted), cryoablation and radio-frequency ablation (performed percutaneously or laparoscopically).
 
The staff of the Division of Urology and Urologic Oncology, headed by  Timothy G. Wilson, M.D., Pauline and Martin Collins Family Chair in Urology, is recognized for its extensive expertise in minimally invasive surgery. We perform highly complex surgeries, such as retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for the treatment of testicular cancer. Because City of Hope offers the expertise of all cancer-related specialists in one location, patients receive greater continuity of care and more coordinated treatment planning.  The Division of Urology also sees many patients who have urologic problems as a result of treatment of non-urologic cancers.

Our research is focused on the early diagnosis and prevention of prostate cancer, intraoperative imaging, identification of high-risk prostate cancer patients and quality-of-life issues involving prostate cancer treatment. At City of Hope, we are evaluating outcomes and patterns of cancer care for both prostate and bladder cancer and better defining the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery.