Surgical management of genitourinary malignancies

Surgical management of genitourinary malignancies

The global burden of genitourinary malignancies has been largely growing attributable to both rising incidence and associated morbidity. While genitourinary malignancies, such as prostate, kidney, bladder, testis, and penile cancer often necessitate multi-disciplinary care and treatment, surgical management of these common disease processes remains a key and integral aspect of treatment for optimal oncologic outcomes. As guest editors, we intentionally focused on topics and themes that would highlight essential surgical principles, ranging from salvage prostatectomy to retroperitoneal lymph node dissection to urinary diversions. Another key objective of our focused series was to critically review ongoing controversies about the comparative effectiveness of surgical approaches, such as partial or radical nephrectomy for localized renal masses, open or robotic-assisted radical cystectomy in bladder cancer. Herein, we provide a series of reviews on the surgical management of the most relevant genitourinary malignancies.


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Conflicts of Interest: Both authors have completed the ICMJE uniform disclosure form (available at The series “Surgical Management of Genitourinary Malignancies” was commissioned by the editorial office without any funding or sponsorship. SPK served as the unpaid Guest Editor of the series and serves as an unpaid editorial board member of AME Medical Journal. The authors have no other conflicts of interest to declare.

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Rodrigo Rodrigues Pessoa
Simon P. Kim

Rodrigo Rodrigues Pessoa, MD, PhD

Simon P. Kim, MD, MPH

Division of Urology, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO, USA

Received: 17 February 2021; Accepted: 11 March 2021; Published: 25 September 2021.

doi: 10.21037/amj-21-11

doi: 10.21037/amj-21-11
Cite this article as: Pessoa RR, Kim SP. Surgical management of genitourinary malignancies. AME Med J 2021;6:23.