Understanding Your Prostate Cancer Gleason Score

Posted by Foothills Urology on June 6, 2016 at 12:27 PM

Gleason scores are the most common and useful measure of the severity of prostate cancer. But, to a patient, the score can - at first- seem as confusing as it is scary.

Gleason grades range from 1 (low) to 5 (high). When a pathologist looks at your prostate tissue biopsy, he will give a primary grade to the area where the cancer is most prominent, and a secondary grade to the next most prominent site. Those grades are added to come up with a Gleason score of 1 to 10.

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Tags: minimally invasive robotic surgery, prostate cancer

Technology and the Human Touch Team Up Against Rare Kidney Cancer

Posted by Foothills Urology on May 4, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Minimally invasive robotic surgery restores life to normal

For 47-year-old Patrizia Sicuranza, the expectation she had just another kidney stone was quickly replaced by a diagnosis of a rare disease: transitional cell cancer in the renal pelvis.

Now she counts six small scars among her blessings. They are the fading marks of a minimally invasive robotic surgery called a radical nephroureterectomy last November to remove her right kidney, the renal pelvis and ureter. The largest souvenir is a 2-inch scar below her belly button.

“They are disappearing. And I feel good, just the same as ever,” the Napoli-born Sicuranza said after her work shift. She’s a server in her sister’s Italian restaurant in Lakewood.

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Tags: robotic surgery, minimally invasive robotic surgery, kidney cancer