Urologic cancers include cancers of the bladder, kidney, prostate and testicles.
Urologic oncology at Sisters of Charity Hospital combines a well balanced integration of surgical, medical and preventative medical disciplines. The urologists at Sisters of Charity Hospital continually strive to maintain their skills in order to give patients the best available opportunity of being cured of their cancer, while maintaining their quality of life.
The use of chemotherapy by the urologic staff is confined to hormonal and intravesical agents. Working collaboratively with medical oncologists, systematic agents, either alone or in combination with radiotherapy and/or surgery, are offered to patients with advanced neoplasms. The hospital further assists the urology department in the care of the cancer patient through the tireless efforts of the social work department and members of the spiritual care department.
Urologists are fully trained and certified in such new techniques as laser therapy, brachytherapy, and cryosurgery, rounding out their capability for handling nearly every phase of cancer treatment. The department has 13 urologists on staff serving the community. The prostate brachytherapy program is now four years old and has successfully treated many patients with same-day surgery.
Cancer patients have access to rehabilitative, supportive, and continuing care services at Sisters of Charity Hospital. Site-specific services are based on the needs of patients.
Sisters of Charity Hospital utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach to planning and implementing supportive and continuing care services including clinical nutrition, hospice, oncology nursing, pharmacy, rehabilitation, social work and spiritual care.
The da Vinci ® Surgical System at Mercy Hospital enhances surgical capabilities by enabling the performance of complex surgeries through tiny surgical openings. The System cannot be programmed nor can it make decisions on its own. The da Vinci ® System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon.
The da Vinci® Surgical System has been successfully used in thousands of prostate cancer procedures world-wide.
For many patients approaching surgery, it is often difficult to visualize what is entailed in a specific surgical procedure. To give patients a better understanding of the advances made by robotically-assisted minimally invasive surgery, we present the following video presentation. This video offers a three-dimensional simulation of the male reproductive anatomy, the enabling technology –the da Vinci ® Surgical System – and the procedure itself.