Research and Advanced Treatment
We have strong research efforts focused on finding the causes of prostate and bladder cancers, which can help with diagnosis and treatment. We’ve also identified a drug that dramatically reduces the spread of bladder cancer to the lungs.
UVA was one of the first hospitals to use the less invasive brachytherapy radiation approach, where “seeds” of radiation are implanted to treat prostate cancer. We were also one of the first hospitals in Virginia to use the da Vinci robotic surgical system for bladder cancer.
Our treatment options also include a less invasive surgery technique that destroys prostate or kidney tissue by freezing. Doctors use a needle to locate and freeze the cancer without a lot of damage to surrounding tissue.