At the Urology Cancer Center we treat you like family!
We bring a fight to your cancer that is far beyond the standard treatments seen at other centers.
We also focus on the whole person not just the cancer. We explain options and expectations of treatment and have deep discussions to determine the patient's expectations and goals of therapy and life in general.
Our entire team works as one for you to help lift the other burdens that are associated with cancers such as the high costs of cancer care that lead to worry and sleepless nights or the scare and anxiety that patients feel with prolonged and often unnecessary wait times for test results.
The Care You Will Receive at UCC
Dr. Luke is a Medical Oncologist who is Recognized for his Expertise in Prostate & Urologic Cancers
A Medical Oncologist is a cancer specialist who uses medicines to treat cancers. There are many types of medicines to treat cancer including chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, immune therapies & vaccines, mutation directed therapies, radiopharmaceuticals, and more. Patients often confuse the various physician's roles when it comes to their cancer team.
Urologists are the surgeons who are experts at removing prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancers through surgery.
Radiation Oncologists are cancer specialists who use radiation (invisible energy much like what causes a sun burn but much more intense and directed at the cancer) to treat cancers.
Depending on your cancer situation you may need one of us or all three ( Medical Oncologist, Urologist, Radiation Oncologist) of us working on your case.
Not all Medical Oncologists manage cancer treatments the same. That's like giving two people the same cooking ingredients and expecting the same meal. At the Urology Cancer Center your treatments will be tailored to you and your cancer. Often times today we are even able to use the genetic information from your tumor to choose your specific treatment.
You will be extensively educated at a level you will understand regarding your cancer and your treatment options. Once you and Dr. Luke are agreeable to your treatment plan you will be educated on: what the treatment will entail, how it works against the cancer, how long it will take, how often you will receive it, how we will monitor for effectiveness and what to expect for potential side effects.
Each treatment will be managed by Dr. Luke and his team with the skill they have developed over years of experience with thousands of patients with Prostate & Urologic cancers. This allows them to minimize side effects and improve effectiveness of the treatments against your cancer. It is also critical that your cancer treatment not be mismanaged which can shorten their effectiveness thus potentially shortening life.
Dr. Luke makes 3 promises to each patient for any treatment that he starts. He will only continue a treatment if:
1) The treatment is working. Even if a patient is on a trial and the treatment stops working the treatment will be stopped immediately.
2) The treatment is not hurting the patient. If a patient is experiencing mild side effects they will likely manage and continue treatment but if the patient experiences significant side effects the treatment will be modified or stopped.
3) The treatment cannot break their bank. Dr. Luke's team works tirelessly to get free drug or work with very manageable payments. Patients on clinical trials typically pay nothing for their treatments.
Dr. Luke will work closely and communicate openly with the other members of your cancer team including your Urologist and Radiation Oncologists. With patients from more than 40 states, Dr. Luke commonly works with physicians from other states to provide seamless care when you return home.
Your Treatment Team(s):
Oncology Nurses Team
Once the treatment plan is in place and you are ready to receive your treatment, our very compassionate and skilled Oncology Nurses will work closely with you and your caregiver(s) during the administration of the medicines. We have a very comfortable treatment area and private treatment areas if desired for you and your friends and family that come with you for support.
Many newer cancer treatments are pills. Most oral cancer treatments can be filled in our Cancer Specialty Pharmacy in the same office while you wait. This is not only convenient for our patients, it also allows us complete control of the drug dosing and dosing changes, drug-drug interactions and the ability to work with your financial situation to ensure you will get your treatment on time.
Radiopharmaceuticals are an innovative and very promising new class of treatments for Prostate and soon other types of cancer. The Urology Cancer Center is the leader for such treatments for Prostate Cancer. We are 1 of 3 cancer centers in the U.S. chosen to administers the latest radiopharmaceutical agents (Lu177, Ac225, Th227, Cu67). My highly specialized team includes Radiation Oncologists, Nuclear Physicians, and Nuclear Technologists. Patients from coast to coast travel to UCC for these cutting edge treatments.
A very critical piece of the treatment process is obtaining scans to determine the location of a cancer or a response to treatment.
We have a state of the art imaging center in the Urology Cancer Center office. We perform CT scans and PET scans for patient convenience and expect same day results to minimize the anxiety of waiting. It also allows us to rapidly schedule scans, be in charge of scan pricing, and obtain insurance approval for you. This minimizes time you need to spend on the phone with insurance, your out of pocket expense and not spend precious time waiting for a scan opening at an outside center or hospital.
Dr. Luke Access & Same Day Appointments
All patients and their caregiver(s) are given Dr. Luke's cell phone number for 24/7 access to speak directly to him.
During business hours, for established patients experiencing significant symptoms such as weakness, dizziness, pain, nausea/vomiting, fever, etc., we encourage you to call our office, speak to one of our Nurse Practitioners or Oncology Nurses who will advise you on how to manage your symptoms, or have you come in to our office for a Same Day Appointment to be evaluated by our team.
Your UCC Cancer Team brings all of the FDA approved standard of care treatments to the fight against your cancer. However, more than ANY other cancer center in the U.S., the UCC Cancer Team has the most access to the latest cutting edge clinical research trials providing potentially life-saving treatments. Cancer research is the only way to discover and utilize new treatments for cancer patients. The Urology Center's Research Team is Globally recognized as a leader by scientific thought leaders, patients and pharmaceutical companies Contact us today for the expert 2nd opinion that you deserve to see how we can bring the best fight against your cancer!Start Your Care