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In the Department of Urology, our approach to treating patients is truly multidisciplinary. At other hospitals, a single doctor often guides the decision. At Mass General, multiple specialists examine each patient and reach a team recommendation on the most beneficial treatment.
Patient care begins with an evaluation by one of our urologists. For the initial appointment, please bring any existing medical records and test results (if applicable), including X-rays.
During the evaluation, you can expect:
To detect prostate cancer, we may perform a blood test to detect prostate-specific antigens or a biopsy. Most tests are noninvasive or minimally invasive and performed on an outpatient basis.
After carefully reviewing your symptoms and other health conditions, your physician will develop a personalized treatment plan, describe your treatment options in detail and answer all your questions.
Our physicians participate in the multidisciplinary clinic of the Claire and John Bertucci Center for Genitourinary Cancers, where your care may be managed depending on the stage of your prostate cancer.
At this highly specialized clinic, our urologists work side by side with your entire cancer care team, which may include medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists and pathologists. Available at few other medical centers in the Northeast, this multidisciplinary approach enables us to provide cancer patients with outstanding, comprehensive and personalized care.
Research breakthroughs at Mass General and other leading institutions have generated many new and effective therapies and a deeper understanding of prostate disorders. Novel technologies, new medications and less invasive procedures are regularly introduced.
As a result, fewer patients today are treated with conventional surgery. In fact, some patients with slow-growing prostate cancer can be treated with active surveillance, in which the physician closely monitors the condition and no surgery is performed.
Whenever possible, your treatment begins with medication or, sometimes, with noninvasive or minimally invasive therapies. This approach minimizes risk and can help you return to everyday activities more quickly. Learn more about minimally invasive surgery and treatments available in the Department of urology
We specialize in minimally invasive treatments for prostate cancer such as:
We place a high priority on sparing the nerves and tissue around the prostate whenever possible. This approach helps to decrease side effects that can affect a patient's quality of life, such as erectile dysfunction, incontinence or other urinary-tract symptoms.
We specialize in minimally invasive procedures to treat BPH, including:
For selected BPH patients, our specialists also perform transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), a procedure that requires no incisions and has a high rate of success.
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the Mass General Department of Urology among the best in the nation. Every year, our urologists manage care for thousands of patients in every specialty of male and female urology.
We developed the Prostate Health Program in response to the growing number of men experiencing prostate disorders. We provide outstanding patient care and break new ground in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of prostate disease.
Using the latest, effective therapies, we treat patients with prostate-related diseases including:
For patients who do not respond to conventional treatments, clinical trials can offer a promising (albeit investigative) treatment option. Browse online for open trials
Our urologists are recognized leaders in investigating the causes of prostate cancer and other prostate-related diseases as well as developing preventative methods and treatments for the full spectrum of urological diseases and disorders.
To improve outcomes and the quality of patient care, our urologists and scientists collaborate to develop more effective medications, innovative surgical techniques and more precise diagnostics, helping to improve and save more patients' lives.
Some of our research projects and breakthroughs include:
Research funding for these projects is provided by the National Institutes of Health and through organizations such as the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group.
Benign prostate problems are clinical conditions of the prostate gland that are not cancer, such as prostatism (any prostate condition that interferes with urine flow), prostatitis (an inflamed prostate gland), prostatalgia (pain in the prostate gland) or benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate).
BPH (also referred to as benign prostatic hypertrophy) is a condition in which the prostate gland becomes very enlarged and may cause problems associated with urination.
Early prostate cancer may not present any symptoms and can only be found with regular prostate examinations by your physician.
There are clinical conditions of the prostate gland that are not cancer, including the following: prostatism, prostatitis, prostatalgia, benign prostatic hyperplasia (Also called BPH or benign prostatic hypertrophy.), impotence (Also called erectile dysfunction) and urinary incontinence).
Prostatitis is one of several benign (non-cancerous), inflamed conditions of the prostate gland.
Accepting New Patients
The MGH Department of Urology is working to increase awareness of the second leading cause of cancer death in men and other prostate related health concerns. Michael Blute answers questions about what men can do to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Prostate Health Program at the Department of Urology
All patient information is confidential, and we insure your privacy at all times.
Dr. Shahin Tabatabaei 617-726-3574
Dr. Shiu-Chung Ko Dicken617-724-3730
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