The prostate is a walnut-sized gland surrounding the urethra that has an important role in the male reproduction system: it is responsible for producing the seminal fluid that transports sperm. More than 200,000 cases of prostate cancer are newly diagnosed in the United States each year with approximately 25,000 men dying from it, according to the National Cancer Institute.
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Radical Prostatectomy Performed with the da Vinci Robot
Prostatectomy is one of several solutions for the treatment of prostate cancer. This is the surgical removal of the entire prostate gland. The da Vinci™ Prostatectomy (dVP) is a minimally invasive method of removing the prostate gland through revolutionary advancements in robotics and computer technology. The da Vinci robot allows surgeons to be more precise, thus lowering the risk of incontinence and impotence, which have been common side effects of standard prostate cancer surgery.
More prostate cancer surgeries, using the da Vinci robot, are performed at GW Hospital than at any other hospital in the region.
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Some of the risk factors for bladder cancer include increasing age, smoking or tobacco use, exposure to certain chemicals at work and a family history of bladder cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, men develop bladder cancer two to three times more often than women.
Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview®, an optical imaging agent that helps detect bladder cancer, is available at GW Hospital. Blue Light improves the detection of hard-to-find cancerous tumors in the bladder so that physicians can identify more tumors to remove and better manage the disease.
Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer >
Many men over the age of 50 encounter the common problems of an enlarged prostate. Benign enlargement of the prostate can obstruct urine flow. This can lead to difficulty in starting urination, getting up frequently during the night to urinate, infections or even kidney stones.
Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of enlarged prostate >
Tiny crystalline masses that separate from the urine, kidney stones affect millions of people annually (more men than women). In most cases, kidney stones pass out of the body unnoticed, but sometimes they can become too large and lodge in the urinary tract, causing extreme pain.
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Genetic conditions, such as von Hippel-Lindau disease, tuberous sclerosis or hereditary papillary renal cell carcinoma, as well as long-term dialysis and a high fat diet are risk factors for kidney cancer. Anyone can develop kidney cancer, although it usually affects people over age 50.
Symptoms, diagnosis and staging of kidney cancer >
Occurring most often in younger men, testicular cancer is usually treatable and curable. Risk factors include undescended testicles, a family history of testicular cancer or Klinefelter’s syndrome.
Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of testicular cancer >
Pelvic Floor Center
When was the first time you noticed leakage or loss of bladder control? Did it happen while you were laughing? Sneezing? Exercising? Stop coping with small pads, dark clothing and embarrassing moments. The GW Pelvic Floor Center offers solutions for problems “down there” to help get you out of the bathroom and on with your life.
Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders >