Urethral Cancer Treatment

Urethral cancer treatment depends on the location, size, type and stage of the cancer as well as other factors such as your age, overall health and personal preferences. Your team of doctors will take all of that into account with the treatments they recommend.

We treat our urethral cancer patients using a comprehensive team approach, where our highly trained physicians, knowledgeable nurses and support staff come together to provide compassionate and personalized care.

Urethral Cancer Treatment in Burlington, VT

Urethral cancer treatment options at Fletcher Allen include:

  • Surgery
    • Robotic Surgery
    • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Clinical Trials 

Surgery

Surgery is the most common treatment for urethral cancer.  If the urethra is removed, the surgeon will make a new way for the urine to pass from the body (called urinary diversion).

Robotic Surgery - Expert Fletcher Allen surgeons use advanced technology to perform a minimally invasive, more precise operation than traditional, open surgery allows.  Robotic surgery offers several potential benefits compared with other treatment methods, including:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Significantly less pain
  • Less scarring
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer blood transfusions
  • Less risk of infection
  • Better clinical outcomes, in many cases

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is unique to each patient and specific condition. The da Vinci Surgical System is considered safe and effective, but may not be appropriate for everyone. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the benefits and risks.

Laparoscopic Surgery

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy treats cancer by destroying cancer cells using different types of medication.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams, such as X-rays and protons, to destroy cancer cells.

Clinical Trials

Fletcher Allen has a history of clinical trial experience. Clinical trials are research studies that test the newest cancer treatments and new ways of using existing cancer treatments. Clinical trials can't guarantee a cure.  

Ask your doctor about enrolling in a clinical trial. Together you can weigh the potential benefits and risks.

Find a Fletcher Allen physician or call 877-540-HOPE(4673).