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Summer 2009

UCLA Launches Institute of Urologic Oncology


UCLA Health Vital Signs publication - Summer 2009 issue: UCLA launches institute of urologic oncologyUCLA’s new 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.

“This is a one-stop shop for patients. All the experts are involved in their care, all working together,” says urologist Arie Belldegrun, M.D., the institute’s director and a researcher at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “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.”

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.

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