Genitourinary Cancer Program
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Welcome to the Genitourinary Cancer Program at BMC. Our team of urologists, surgeons, oncologists, and radiologists is here to serve you. We treat cancers of the urinary tract, as well as the genitals, prostate, and adrenal gland.
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Conditions We Treat
Adrenal glands are small glands that sit on top of the kidneys and produce hormones that direct the activity of every organ and tissue in the body. Adrenal cancer is very rare but when it does occur, it can be aggressive. An adrenal cortical carcinoma is a cancerous tumor that can produce hormones that cause unexpected changes in the body or press on organs, causing more symptoms.
Bladder cancer happens in the tissues of the bladder, the organ that holds urine. There are three types of bladder cancer: transitional cell carcinoma, the most common bladder cancer type, which begins in the transitional cells in the inner layer of the bladder; squamous cell carcinoma, a rare cancer triggered when squamous cells form in the bladder after a long-term infection or irritation; and adenocarcinoma, another rare cancer that starts when glandular cells form in the bladder after long-lasting bladder inflammation and irritation.
Germ cells are the reproductive cells in your body. For females, these are egg cells, and in males, they are sperm cells. Germ cell tumors start in these cells. Most develop in the testicles or ovaries, and can be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign). While germ cell cancer is a rare kind of ovarian cancer, it is the most common type of testicular cancer.
At Boston Medical Center (BMC), caring for patients is a collaborative, multidisciplinary process. BMC’s Cancer Care Center organizes its services around each patient, bringing together the expertise of diverse specialists to manage care from the first consultation through treatment and follow-up visits. The Cancer Care Center is dedicated to providing treatment that is effective and innovative in curing and controlling cancer, while managing its impact on quality-of-life.
Cancer of the prostate, the gland below a man’s bladder that produces fluid for semen, is more common among men older than 40. Risk factors for developing prostate cancer include being age 65 or older, family history, and being of African-American descent.
A cancer that begins when abnormal cells grow uncontrolled in the male sex organs that make and store sperm (testicles), testicular cancer is rare but the most common cancer among young men. Most testicular cancers begin in the cells that produce sperm, called germ cells. There are two main types of germ cells, seminomas, which grow slowly, and nonseminomas, which tend to grow and spread more quickly.
Urothelial cells are cells that line your urethra, bladder, kidneys, and other organs in your urinary system. Urothelial cancer is any cancer that starts in these cells. It’s also called transitional cell cancer.
Medical Oncology Team
Tashia Brooks, NP
Radiation Oncology Team
Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine