Urologic Sarcoma Treatment
Sarcomas of the retroperitoneum are a rare but treatable condition. These tumors can arise from any organ including the urethra, bladder, prostate, ureter, kidney or soft tissue. Multimodal treatment is often indicated. This means that patients will likely require more than one form of treatment. This often includes chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. In addition, certain tumors can express a type of protein that can be targeted by a form of antibody therapy and can be selective for a particular tumor.
Surgery for a retroperitoneal sarcoma can be challenging for both the patient and the physician. Dr. Scherr, however, has a vast experience in this area. If a bladder or ureter need to be removed, a new one can be fashioned and therefore a normal quality of life can be maintained. A portion of the intestine can be used to make a new bladder. This can be hooked back up to the native urethra and a patient can therefore urinate normally. Great advanced have been make in urinary reconstruction. In addition, we now have methods to spare the nerves important for erectile function. Many men, both old and young, can enjoy a normal sexual life after surgery for retroperitoneal sarcomas.
Dr. Scherr works with an integrated, multidisciplinary medical team in New York City during the treatment of your urologic sarcoma. This includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, psychiatrists, nutritionists, among others. Oncologic care is individualized and focused in order to maximize the likelihood of cure.
If you'd like additional information about urologic sarcoma, its diagnosis and care or any advice you may need concerning complementary treatment methods, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Scherr.