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Cancers Related to the Urinary System

At MetroWest Urology, we treat a variety of cancers including:


  • Bladder cancer – this cancer effects the cells that layer the inside of the bladder. Some symptoms may include frequent urination, blood in the urine, and patients may experience pain when they urinate. In some cases the patient is not able to urinate. Tumors may be found in the renal pelvis, ureter, bladder and urethra.


  • Kidney cancer – Your kidneys make urine by removing wastes and extra water from your blood. Your kidneys also help control blood pressure and makes red blood cells. Some risk factors of kidney cancer include: smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and those who have a family history of kidney cancer. Some symptoms include blood in your urine, persistent side pain, a lump or a mass in your abdomen, weight loss, fever, feeling over tired.


  • Transitional cell cancer (TCC) of the kidney– Transitional cells are able to change shape and stretch. They make up the lining of the renal pelvis, ureters, bladder and the urethra. These cells stretch so they can expand when urine is stored, as well as when urine flows through the system. While this is a lesser common cancer, it is important to recognize the symptoms, which include blood in the urine and pain in your back and/or lower ribs.


  • Cancer of the Penis-  Some symptoms include growths on the penis, thickening skin on the penis, discharge with an odor, bleeding, redness or a rash, irritation, or crusty bumps beneath the foreskin. Sometimes HPV infections can cause this type of cancer. Circumcision may help prevent infections with human papillomavirus (HPV).


  • Prostate cancer – The prostate is a small gland that produces seminal fluid. The Prostate Produces Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) The PSA helps keep the semen in its liquid state. Dr. Friedman may order a PSA test to determine if you have cancer. He may also order a PSA test if you have swelling of your prostate gland. This is a simple blood test that will screen for high PSA levels. If your levels are high, he may order a biopsy to find out what is going on.


  • Testicular cancer – The testicles produce male sex hormones as well as sperm, and are located in the scrotum. Call us right away if you are experiencing discomfort or a heaviness feeling in the scrotum, feeling pain in the lower back area,
    if your testicle becomes enlarged or are experiencing swelling, or if you see or feel any lumps.