UCLA's Institute of Urologic Oncology brings together a multidisciplinary team of scientists and physicians to develop leading-edge therapies for the treatment of prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancers. Disciplines include urologic oncology, medical oncology, diagnostic and interventional radiology, pathology, nursing, basic sciences and clinical trials.
"Our goal is to bring all our resources to the patient, rather than the patient going from office to office to see everyone they need to see" says urologist Arie Belldegrun, M.D., the institute's director and a researcher at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Patients also benefit from the institute's top diagnostic tools, expertise in robotic and minimally invasive surgery and the combined experience of the experts, who often treat the most complicated urologic cancer cases. In addition, a joint, multidisciplinary board representing all genitourinary specialties meets at the institute to discuss complicated and challenging tumor cases referred to UCLA.
"With this approach, we are able to get leading-edge therapies to patients faster, taking them out of the lab and into practice in much less time," says Jean DeKernion, M.D., chair of the UCLA Department of Urology.
The IUO focuses the comprehensive resources available at UCLA on personalized, patient-centered treatment of urologic cancers and the development and delivery of new therapies. Patients can conveniently access the various specialists involved in their care, thereby simplifying the decision-making process for preferred treatment and improving their overall medical care.
This integrated approach allows experts from related disciplines to collaborate more efficiently and effectively to bring to patients the most promising advances in disease-centered, multi-specialty diagnosis and medical and surgical treatments—including molecular pathology, targeted therapies, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, and minimally invasive and ablative surgery.
UCLA has been a pioneer in the multidisciplinary, translational approach to care, including targeted therapies; the development of novel, minimally invasive cancer surgeries and reconstructive surgical techniques offering improved quality of life; and the development of molecularly targeted drugs. Avastin, Sutent, Nexavar, Toricel, Afinitor, Abiraterone, MDR 3100, Herceptin, and Gleevec, among others, were developed in large part based on research conducted in the clinics and laboratories of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center . Such leading-edge work to develop new, personalized, less toxic, and more-effective therapies for urologic cancers will be done within the IUO.
The IUO harnesses the collective expertise of specialists in urologic and medical oncology, diagnostic and interventional radiology, pathology, nursing, basic sciences, and clinical trials to advance the most innovative and integrated approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of urologic cancers. Patients benefit from the combined experience of these doctors, who often treat the most complicated urologic cancer cases.
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UCLA is beginning clinical trials in bladder and prostate cancer, including, as part of a FDA-approved clinical trial, a study using High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for the treatment of locally recurring prostate cancer. HIFU is an exacting technique that aims sound waves at prostate tissue to destroy cancerous lesions.
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