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The Urologic Tumor Program at Children's Hospital Colorado specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment and/or removal of benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors of the kidney, bladder, pelvis and testicles in children, teens and young adults.
Children’s Colorado is the only hospital in the Rocky Mountain region with a specialized team of experts dedicated to the care and treatment of urologic pediatric tumors of the kidney, bladder, pelvis and testicles.
Surgeons in the Urologic Oncology Program successfully perform minimally-invasive surgery (laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery), as well as, organ-sparing surgery (partial nephrectomy and partial orchiectomy) as part of treatment for tumors. Minimally-invasive surgery allows shorter recovery times for patients, whereas organ-sparing surgery saves the function of a kidney or testicle by only removing the part of the organ that is affected by the tumor.
The Urologic Oncology team at Children's Colorado specializes in caring for children, teens and young adults – making us experts when it comes to caring for kids. We are committed to providing personalized service and treatment plans for each patient. Our care philosophy uses leading surgical techniques for the treatment of urologic oncology conditions.
We understand that not knowing if your child’s tumor is cancerous is very stressful. That’s why our team offers patients same or next-day appointments for the diagnosis of tumors. Appointments encompass all necessary tests and studies to help our doctors make a quick and thorough diagnosis.
Treatment of cancerous tumors is completed by our surgical team and the pediatric cancer specialists at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Colorado. We also work with experts from the University of Colorado and radiation cancer specialists at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Our partnerships provide patients with the ability to have their entire course of tumor and cancer treatment in one place, on Anschutz Medical Center.
The integration of expert teams allows us to deliver the most comprehensive and highest quality care for your child. We do our best to provide our patients and their families with a seamless experience, from diagnosis and treatment, to follow-up care after treatment.
The Urologic Oncology Program at Children’s Colorado is led by a team of experts from multiple specialties. One expert is the urologic surgeon, who is specially trained in both urologic oncology and pediatric urology. Every day, the surgeons are dedicated to the clinical care and research of tumors in the kidney, bladder, pelvis and testicles in children, teens and young adults. This sub-specialized expertise in pediatric treatment, oncology and urology provides your family with the most comprehensive approach to your child’s condition.
Common cancerous tumors/conditions we treat include:
We also treat many benign (non-cancerous) tumors including renal cysts, inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors, and testicular cysts and microlithiasis.
Additionally, the team at the Urologic Tumor Program manages other urologic problems found in oncology patients such as bladder dysfunction related to cancer therapy (chemotherapy or radiation), hemorrhagic cystitis and infertility related to the cancer therapy.
Minimally-invasive radical nephrectomy
Endoscopic surgery – cystoscopy, transurethral biopsy or tumor removal
Urinary diversion and reconstruction after removal of the bladder (cystectomy)
Primary retroperitoneal lymph node dissection
Post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection
Minimally-invasive retroperitoneal lymph node dissection
Children’s Hospital Colorado is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, a national research program for childhood cancers. We are active participants in local and national research projects and are currently developing studies focused on quality of life issues for children, teens and young adults with tumors of the kidney, bladder, pelvis and testicles. A partial list of the published research from members of our team is listed below.