• How do I choose between a urologist and a urologic oncologist?

    Asked by buckhunter on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    How do I choose between a urologist and a urologic oncologist?

    What is the difference? What does one do that the other one doesn't?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • RobinMartinez's Avatar

      The urologic oncologist concentrates on cancer in the urinary tract. This doctor is familiar with removing cancerous kidneys and may also handle partial nephrectomies in which only the cancerous part of the kidney is removed. (A partial nephrectomy is a much more difficult and serious operation compared to removing a whole kidney). The urologist oncologist also knows about further treatment of kidney cancer including drug treatment.

      The urologist treats all sorts of problems in the urinary tract. All urologists are trained as surgeons and have experience removing kidneys, but a regular urologist may not have much experience with removing cancerous kidneys. (You can always ask what their experience has been, how many cancerous kidneys or kidney tumors have they removed, what complications they have encountered, etc.) A regular urologist won't know much about kidney cancer, especially after it's removed.

      For people who have kidney cancer and have a choice between a urologist and a urologic oncologist, I'd definitely choose the urologic oncologist.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      An urologist is a Dr and surgeon who specializes in urinary track. A Urologic oncologist specializes in cancers of the urinary track (Kidny, prostrate, etc) I saw a urologist in 1995 when I tumor was discovered in my left kidney in 1995. After my nepherctomy the pathology report which indicated a stage 1 completely encapsulated tumor, and clean lymph nodes. I needed no more treatment and continued to see him until 2009 for routine follow up scans -CT w/contrast for the first 10 years and then sonograms of my right kidney. in 2009 a fatty cyst was found in my kidney, to make sure, I was sent for a CT scan. The scan found that the kidney was fine, but there was something wonky on my liver. A biopsy revealed that it was kidney cancer and which point, I stopped seeing my urolgist and went into the care of an oncologist who's specialty was kidney cancer.

      over 3 years ago

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