The Urology Unit provides a multidisciplinary service that focuses on the diagnosis and management of patients with prostate, kidney, bladder, testicular and penile cancer. The unit has a strong commitment to improving patient quality of care and outcomes through research involving urological cancer diagnosis and treatment.
All organs/tissue in your body are made up of cells. In healthy tissue, these cells replace themselves when they get worn out. When these cells grow abnormally, they result in a tumor or cancer. Urological cancers refer to cancers that develop in any organ of the male and female urinary tract (waterworks system) or male reproductive system. As with all other forms of cancer, the earlier a urological cancer is detected, the greater the chance of successfully treating and eliminating the cancer before it becomes aggressive and spreads.
Not all abnormal masses of cells are cancerous, and a biopsy (removing a small sample of tissue so the cells can be examined with a microscope) is used to determine whether a tumor is cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign).
There are several types of urological cancers, including prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancer.
There are different treatments that may be available when you are diagnosed with a urological cancer. These treatments may include surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
You will be cared for by a team of people who are experts in the different aspects of your treatment. The multidisciplinary team includes:
Consultant Urologists, surgeons who specialise in urological surgery:
Urology Clinical Nurse Specialists, who help to facilitate your care while supporting you and your family throughout treatment:
Urology Cancer Data Manager
Radiation Oncologists, who specialise in radiotherapy:
Radiotherapy Liaison Nurse:
Consultant Oncologist, who specialises in chemotherapy treatments:
You may also meet other members of our team, which includes junior doctors, specialist cancer nurse coordinators, X-ray staff, phlebotomy staff and secretarial personnel.
The Irish Cancer Society has a Daffodil Centre located on the ground floor of the hospital. The aim of the centre is to provide practical, psychological or financial support and information to anyone who is or has been affected by cancer.
Phone: (01) 616 5604
Men Against Cancer (MAC) is a support group for men with prostate cancer. MAC provides men and their relatives and friends with information, advice and emotional support from time of diagnosis for as long as needed.
ARC House is located at 559 South Circular Road, close to the Rialto exit of the hospital. ARC cancer support centre provides people affected by cancer with support and information.
The following are websites of organisations offering information relating to the treatment and management of cancer:
Irish Cancer Society: www.cancer.ie
Action Cancer: www.actioncancer.org
Cancer Network Buddies: www.cancerbuddiesnetwork.org
Macmillan Cancer Support (UK): www.macmillan.org.uk
Royal Marsden Hospital Foundation NHS Trust: www.royalmarsden.org
Mayo Clinic (U.S.): www.mayoclinic.com