Urologic Oncology

Cancer Programs

Physicians in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Urology's Bladder, Kidney, Penile, Prostate and Testicular Cancer Program specialize in using advanced surgical therapies and minimally invasive procedures to treat male and female genitourinary cancers.


Compassionate & Personalized Care

Our urologists work closely with all of the clinicians on each patient's treatment team, a comprehensive and highly coordinated approach managed through the world-renowned Mass General Cancer Center.

Depending on your illness and diagnosis, your treatment team includes your urologist along with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists and pathologists. You also have access to the wide variety of resources and support services available through the Cancer Center.

What to Expect

Whether your first appointment is in our office in the Department of Urology or in the Cancer Center, please bring any existing medical records and test results (if applicable), including X-rays. Once your medical records are entered into our system, your up-to-date diagnostic and medical information will be accessible to your primary care physician and all of the physicians on your team.

Mass General's Claire & John Bertucci Center for Genitourinary Cancers is one of the largest and most experienced centers in New England for the treatment of genitourinary cancers. Our urologists work together with your entire clinical team to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. When surgical care is recommended, your urologist will explain the procedure in detail and answer all of your questions.

Whether your procedure is performed on an outpatient basis or requires a hospital stay, you can be assured our urologists and nurses will provide exceptional and compassionate postoperative care.

Leading-Edge Cancer Research

Both the Department of Urology and the Cancer Center are ranked consistently as top programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. One of the main reasons why is our dedication to basic science and clinical research—and translating our discoveries into innovations that improve clinical care and patient outcomes.

We have a rich and enduring history of breaking new ground in treating genitourinary cancers.

  • In the 1980s our physicians developed an organ-sparing protocol that helps more patients with bladder cancer retain their naturally functioning bladder
  • In 2001 one of our physicians introduced laparoscopic nephrectomy (minimally invasive removal of the kidney) to Mass General, making our program one of the first in the country to offer this therapy

Our research focuses on developing new methods to detect and treat prostate cancer and other genitourinary diseases. Funding for our research is provided by the National Institutes of Health and organizations such as the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group.

Clinical Trials

For patients who do not respond to conventional treatments, clinical trials can offer a promising (albeit investigative) treatment option. Browse online for open trials

About this Program

Specializing in Genitourinary Cancer Treatment

Managing care for thousands of patients with genitourinary cancers every year, Mass General offers one of the most trusted and capable surgical cancer-treatment teams in the Northeast.

We treat cancers and tumors of the:

Excellence in Surgical Care

Our urologists have focused their careers on helping patients with cancers of the urinary tract (men and women) and the reproductive tract (men). Many of our physicians have dedicated their clinical practice, research activities and advanced training to specializing in a single type of genitourinary cancer.

Several times weekly, our urologists participate in the multidisciplinary clinic in the Claire and John Bertucci Center for Genitourinary Cancers. Here, they evaluate and treat patients in collaboration with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other physicians.

Additionally, our urologists meet regularly at the Bertucci Center with this diverse group of colleagues, all of whom specialize in genitourinary cancers. During these conferences, we discuss clinical applications and observations, scientific findings and clinical trials information that helps save and improve the quality of patients' lives. This exceptional degree of specialization ensures patients receive outstanding care from urologists who are experts in treating genitourinary cancers.

Leadership in Minimally Invasive Cancer Therapies

Our urologists have developed or been among the first to practice many of today's minimally invasive surgical techniques. Whenever possible, we first try to treat patients with these procedures, which typically enable patients to recover more quickly.

Some of the minimally invasive surgical procedures we perform are:

  • Laparoscopic nephrectomy: This advanced procedure enables removal of a kidney with a miniature telescopic instrument
  • Laparoscopic prostatectomy: A miniature telescopic instrument is used to remove the entire cancerous prostate tissue
  • Robotic surgery: This advanced technology, often used for prostatectomy surgery, requires only a few small incisions
  • Radiofrequency ablation: Radiofrequency waves are directed through a needle to destroy the tumor
  • Laser ablation: A laser beam is used to destroy the tumor

Learn more about minimally invasive and robotic surgery in the Department of Urology

Conditions & Diseases

  • Bladder Cancer

    Bladder cancer occurs when there are abnormal, cancerous cells growing in the bladder.

  • Kidney Cancer

    Kidney cancer begins in the kidneys - two large, bean-shaped organs - one located to the left, and the other to the right of the backbone.

  • Prostate Cancer

    Early prostate cancer may not present any symptoms and can only be found with regular prostate examinations by your physician.

  • Testicular Cancer

    Cancer that develops in a testicle is called testicular cancer.

Patient Education

  • The PACT Program

    The Marjorie E. Korff PACT program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center provides psycho-educational support for parents who are patients.

  • Ostomy Support Group

    We welcome patients with a new or existing colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy, and their family and friends, to monthly meetings of the Massachusetts General Hospital Ostomy Support Group.

  • Home Disconnect

    A home infusion pump may be part of your treatment plan. In some cases, you may have the option for disconnecting the chemotherapy from home. If this option applies to you, and you would prefer to disconnect from home, this instructional video will reinforce the teaching provided to you by your nurse in the Mass General cancer Center


  • Creating hope and inspiring action - 6/5/2015, Mass General

    On May 26, the MGH Cancer Center celebrated the eighth annual the one hundred, an event honoring 100 individuals and groups whose commitment to the fight against cancer creates hope and inspires action.

  • Cancer Center celebrates the one hundred - 6/10/2011, Mass General

    MGH Hotline 6.10.11 One individual can make an incredible difference for a patient with cancer.

  • MGH Urology celebrates 100 years - 6/18/2010, Mass General

    MGH Hotline 06.18.10 On the eve of the MGH bicentennial, one MGH department proudly celebrates its centennial.



Contact Us

Urological Oncology Program

  • Phone: Contact by doctor

All patient information is confidential, and we insure your privacy at all times.

Dr. W. Scott McDougal

Dr. Adam Feldman

Dr. Douglas Dahl

Dr. Aria Olumi

Dr. Niall Heney

Dr. Shahin Tabatabaei

Dr. Francis McGovern

Dr. Christopher J. Cutie

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