Bladder cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the United States, while prostate cancer will affect 19 percent of all men in the U.S. Whether you have bladder cancer, kidney cancer or prostate cancer, the Multidisciplinary Urologic Cancer Clinic at UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center has a specialist to treat your disease. When you enter treatment at UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center, you are choosing the facility that offers the latest in surgical techniques, radiation therapy, drug therapies and clinical trials.
Our urologic oncologists are trained in robotic surgery and Dr. Jamie Messer is the only physician in the region who performs the “Indiana pouch” procedure for bladder cancer, a surgically-created urinary diversion to store and eliminate urine for patients who have had their bladder removed.
UofL Brown Cancer Center provides the highest level of clinical cancer care in the region, access to the latest cancer research, and the benefits of a team-focused, multidisciplinary approach led by a nurse navigator.
We mean that the clinical plan for each patient is:
Customized – you are not a case; you are a patient, and each individual’s care is tailored to the needs of the patient
Comprehensive – we consider the physical, emotional, psychological and social needs of each patient to ensure holistic care that provides the best care and outcomes possible
Coordinated – as your multidisciplinary cancer team, all the physicians and specialists who are providing your treatment meet for a team conference to synthesize their efforts
Each member of your clinical team meets together in one room to collaborate and bring the best knowledge to the table to discuss your diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment moving forward. This approach ensures each and every patient receives the ideal combination of treatments and therapies.
Your highly-trained multidisciplinary team of physicians includes specialists in urology, surgical oncology, medical oncology and radiation oncology, as well as several other medical specialists. Because we know cancer treatment is not just about medical care, it’s about patients – your team will include a nurse navigator who coordinates all aspects of your care. It may also include psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists, rehabilitation specialists and other appropriate medical professionals.
In addition, our specially-trained oncology nurses will care for you before, during, and after treatment; help manage cancer trials; and educate you about what to expect. They also communicate with your family members and other members of your support team to address their needs and concerns.