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Urologic cancer is a group of conditions affecting the urinary tract. It can also occur in organs of the male reproductive system. The Cancer Network of West Michigan enables you to receive care where you’re most comfortable, near home and loved ones. You receive award-winning services and leading therapies from programs you already know and trust.
What Is Urologic Cancer?

Cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control. With urologic cancer, these growths may affect the:

  • Adrenal glands, which are on top of the kidneys
  • Bladder
  • Kidneys
  • Penis
  • Prostate
  • Testes

Urologic Cancer Care Through the Cancer Network: Why Choose Us?

Mercy Health and University of Michigan Health-West have partnered to streamline local access to comprehensive services through the Cancer Network. We also leverage the resources and expertise of University of Michigan Health Rogel Cancer Center, one of the nation’s top programs. This approach helps you receive coordinated care, so you can focus on feeling better.

Mercy Health, Metro Health and University of Michigan Health are in regular communication through meetings called tumor boards. We discuss treatment options and select the therapies that are best for your needs.
Cancer Network partners have a long-standing history of participating in national clinical trials. These efforts connect eligible patients with innovative new treatments and care methods. Most of the trials we offer are available right in our community.
Our team includes nurse navigators who manage the details that keep your care moving forward. They are available to you throughout treatment. We also make it easy to reach your doctor between appointments, when necessary. Call us or send a message through our secure patient portal anytime you have questions.
Cancer Symptoms

Urologic cancer symptoms depend on which organ the cancer is affecting. Symptoms can include:

  • Abnormal lump or swelling in a man’s testicles
  • Blood in your urine
  • Changes in bladder habits, such as frequent urination
  • Nausea and bloating
  • Pain in your low back on one side
  • Unexpected weight gain
  • Unusual tiredness
urologic cancer

Cancer specialists use a variety of tests to diagnose urologic cancer. The tests that are right for you depend on your symptoms and what type of cancer may be causing them. Your care may include:

  • Physical exam: For kidney cancer, we may examine your back for suspicious lumps. Physical exams are also for urologic cancers affecting male reproductive organs. Doctors check for abnormal swelling and other physical signs of cancer.
  • Cystoscopy: Using a tiny camera, we examine the inside of your bladder. We insert the camera through the urethra, the opening through which urine leaves the body.
  • Biopsy: Doctors take a tissue sample and examine it under a microscope. This test helps us detect cancerous cells.
  • Imaging: We may use a CT scan, MRI or positron emission tomography (PET) scan to examine your organs. These tests pinpoint the precise location of the cancer and help us plan therapies.
  • Blood and urine tests: We check for blood in the urine and perform blood tests to check for proteins the body produces when cancer is present.
Comprehensive Urologic
Cancer Treatment

At some of our centers, you have the option of meeting with multiple experts in a single visit. Specialists in medical, radiation and surgical oncology perform individual evaluations before discussing your care as a team. By the end of the appointment, you receive personalized recommendations and learn more about what to expect.

Your care may include:

  • Surgery: These methods combine tiny instruments with real-time imaging, enabling us to carry out procedures through small incisions.
  • Chemotherapy and other medical oncology: We offer the latest anticancer drugs and other substances that slow cancer cell growth. You receive therapy in peaceful infusion suites while sitting in a comfortable chair.
  • Radiation Therapy: This option uses powerful X-ray energy to destroy cancer cells’ ability to multiply. Specialists use advanced technologies to deliver treatments with a high degree of precision. We guide you through a practice session before starting treatment, so you have as pleasant an experience as possible.
Social workers make living with cancer a little less stressful on you and your loved ones. They offer emotional support and referrals to community resources, like transportation services.
Cancer treatments often come with unexpected costs. Financial counselors help ease this burden with a range of services. We review your current insurance coverage and identify options that may offer more robust benefits. Counselors also help you apply for financial assistance programs if you qualify.
Urologic Cancer
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Expert care not far from home:

Cancer Network services are available at several locations across West Michigan. Each facility represents the full strength, compassion and expertise we have to offer. Our integrated approach makes it easier to receive care where you’re most comfortable — near home and loved ones. 

Trinity Health Lacks Cancer Center
250 Cherry Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Trinity Health Johnson Family Cancer Center
1440 Sherman Blvd
Muskegon, MI 49444
University of Michigan Health-West Cancer Center
5950 Metro Way
Wyoming, MI 49519

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