Genitourinary Cancer

Welcome to The Norma Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital. We provide expert care for men and women with cancers of the urinary tract and male genital tract.

Whether you are concerned about your cancer risk or are seeking treatment, our multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists—medical oncologists, surgeons, urologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists and nurses—will work together to develop an individual treatment plan just for you.

This collaboration provides patients and families with a combination of state-of-the-art diagnostic services, treatments and support for every stage of disease.

Genitourinary Cancers at a Glance

Genitourinary cancers affect the bladder, kidney, prostate, testis and related organs and include:

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Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

Most screenings for genitourinary cancers begin with a complete medical history and physical exam by your doctor. If your doctor suspects a problem, or if there is a high risk that you will develop cancer, he or she may order additional tests (see “Diagnosis”).

Men: For prostate exams, please see your urologist. If you need a urologist or another expert physician affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital, please call us toll free, 24/7, at 1(888) 357-2396.

Early prostate cancer may only be found with regular prostate examinations by your physician. In addition, The American Cancer Society recommends annual screenings for prostate cancer, beginning at age 50. Men at high risk, such as those with a strong family history of one or more first-degree relatives diagnosed at an early age, should begin testing at age 40.

The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital offers prostate cancer screening, including PSA (prostate-specific antigen) testing. For more information, please contact us.

Contact Us

The Dr. Richard W. Kmetzo Cancer Resource Center
Phone: (203) 384-3904, Monday-Friday, 7 am - 3:30 pm
Fax: (203) 330-7455

If you have a symptom or a test result that suggests cancer, your doctor may order additional tests or procedures. The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital provides a range of highly advanced detection services for various genitourinary cancers, including:

  • Radiology: Ultrasound, MRI, CT Scan, PET Scan
  • X-ray: (pyelogram)
  • Cystography: A diagnostic procedure that uses x-rays to examine the urinary bladder.
  • Cystometry: A diagnostic procedure used to identify problems with the filling and emptying of the urinary bladder.
  • Cystoscopy: A diagnostic procedure in which a long, flexible, lighted tube, called a cystoscope is used to examine the urinary tract.
  • Biopsy: A procedure that removes tissue or cells from the body for examination under a microscope.
  • Uroflowmetry: A diagnostic screening procedure used to calculate the flow rate of urine over time.

Comprehensive Coordinated Care

The Genitourinary Cancer Tumor Conference

Every patient’s treatment plan is discussed according to The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines by the members of the Genitourinary Cancer Tumor Conference. This multidisciplinary board includes urologists, pathologists, surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists. The conference meets regularly to review all newly diagnosed patients. Many cases are reviewed several times throughout treatment.


Of course, your treatment choices depend on several factors - your stage of cancer, any additional health problems, your lifestyle, etc. Our expert physicians provide a range of advanced healing therapies, using state-of-the-art technology, including:

  • Minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery, including robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery using the daVinci "S" Surgical System
  • Radiation therapy in our dedicated Radiation Medicine Suite. Includes intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), 3D conformal treatment and brachytherapy (seed implants)
  • Chemotherapy in our dedicated Chemotherapy Infusion Suite
  • Cryosurgery (the use of liquid nitrogen, or a probe that is very cold, to freeze and kill cancer cells)