Urologic Oncology Specialist

McCormick | Finger Urology

Urologists located in Harlingen, TX

Thousands of men and women are diagnosed with cancer of the kidneys or prostate each year. If you’re among them and live in the Rio Grande Valley, board-certified urologists Dr. Erin McCormick and Dr. Michael Finger can help develop a treatment plan. To learn more about urologic oncology, call McCormick | Finger Urology or in Harlingen, Texas or book an appointment online.

Urologic Oncology Q & A

What is urologic oncology?

Urologic oncology is the practice of offering diagnosis, management, and treatment to people with cancer of the bladder, kidneys, or prostate. At McCormick | Finger Urology, Dr. McCormick and Dr. Finger use some of the newest breakthroughs in cancer care therapies and ongoing research to learn the causes and possible cures for these cancers.

What should I know about kidney cancer?

The kidneys are responsible for filtering your blood to eliminate waste through your urine. When abnormal cells begin to grow in a kidney, it can point to renal cell carcinoma, the most common type of kidney cancer in adults.

When kidney cancer is found in its early stages, it’s easier to treat through minimally invasive surgery.

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States. One out of 10 men will develop the condition in their lifetime, usually after age 50.

The prostate is an organ found only in males that secretes one of the major components in semen. Prostate cancer grows slowly and can be successfully treated if caught early.

How common is bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer among men, and the ninth among women, with 50,000 new cases diagnosed each year. When screened for and discovered early, bladder cancer is highly treatable.

What are the symptoms of urologic cancer?

Each type of cancer has its unique symptoms, but issues to watch for include:

  • Trouble with urination, weak streams, or interruptions of the urine stream
  • Pelvic pain and discomfort
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Changes in urination habits and inability to urinate
  • Unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Lower back pain and bone pain

How are urologic cancers diagnosed?

Dr. McCormick and Dr. Finger do a comprehensive physical exam, review your symptoms, and analyze your medical history in forming a diagnosis. You may undergo several screening exams, including blood tests, urine tests, bone scans, and MRIs.

To learn more about urologic cancer and to be screened if you have symptoms, call the office of McCormick | Finger Urology or book an appointment online.