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Why urologist not oncologist for BC?

6 months 2 weeks ago #56785 by Jjbrown
Yes! Thank you. As I stated in my previous post, there is a Cancer Care Center right in the same building. They all must work together? ....kind of scary to think like that though.... if there are so many urological cancer cases they are literally in the same buiding!
Thanks for the input!

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6 months 2 weeks ago #56777 by truckdriver
I had the same question. I was told that although I see my urologist for my bladder cancer treatments, they are in contact with the oncology dept, (which in also in the same building). They discuss my treatment and progress to make sure the urologist is doing what is necessary for treatment. The oncologist is like a second opinion. I hope this helps.

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6 months 2 weeks ago #56742 by sara.anne
Yes, urologists are the ones who handle bladder cancer, at least for cases that have not spread beyond the bladder. The bladder is a very specialized organ and the treatments for non-invasive bladder cancer are not those used for most systemic cancers. IF it is found that the cancer has spread, you would probably be referred to an oncologist. BUT we are going to hope that this won't happen!!

After the results from the TURB are back you and your doctor will know the exact diagnosis (cancer or not) and the stage and grade. At that time your urologist will discuss treatment options with you. Just know that non-invasive bladder cancer is highly treatable and most patients do well.

Good luck to you

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
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6 months 2 weeks ago #56740 by Jjbrown
I was told I have a tumor on my bladder that is most likely cancer. Will not know for sure until my TURBT results. My urologist will be doing the TURBT and stated he will not know my treatment plan until pathology comes back...makes sense. I am curious however if this is standard protocol? Do urologists typically handle this? My urology group is very reputable where I live...Buffalo...WNY urology. The have an imaging center right in the building along with a cancer care center. BUT...we also have Roswell Park right here. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!

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