About Urologic Cancer
If you have concerning symptoms that are not responding to medications or therapies, your primary care physician may have referred you to see a urologist who specializes in your condition. In Atlanta, GA, our board-certified urologist, Dr. Tariq Hakky, can provide you with the proper diagnostic testing you may need for bladder, kidney, prostate, penile, and testicular cancers. He will work with you to get the answers you need in a timely manner so that treatment can be started as soon as possible if it is cancer. While Dr. Hakky does not treat cancer, he can refer you to the corresponding specialist who can. He will do his best to help you manage your other symptoms in the interim. If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Hakky, there is no need for a referral. Call Atlanta Cosmetic Urology and schedule today.
Types of Cancer
Bladder cancer does not have abnormal symptoms to watch out for because it shares the same characteristics of a bladder or urinary tract infection. You may notice a change in the frequency of how often you urinate, feel like you constantly need to go, or endure pain every time you use the bathroom. In addition, you may have other signs that you would not associate with bladder cancer, such as:
- Bone pain
- Swollen feet
- Weight loss or no appetite
- Blood in the urine
- Chronic fever
It is important to see a urologist to get an accurate bladder cancer diagnosis.
Because the kidney can produce painful infections and kidney stones, ignoring the signs of trouble with the kidneys could delay needed treatment. Again, kidney cancer can be masked as many other conditions, disorders, or cancers. You may see the following with kidney cancer:
- Back pain and/or a lump felt in the lower back (usually on one side only)
- Blood in the urine
- Chronic fever
- Unintended weight loss, no appetite
- No signs of infection
- Bouts of anemia
- Ankle and leg swelling
- Feel sick or run down all the time
Men who are 50 years old and older are more likely to be diagnosed with kidney cancer than women.
Cancer of the prostate may feel like a urinary tract infection or an enlarged prostate. You may have the following five common signs of prostatic cancer:
- Urinary incontinence (no control over when you urinate)
- A burning, painful sensation felt while urinating
- Interrupted urination (dribbling, stop and start flow, or splitting)
- Blood in your urine
- Getting up in the middle of the night one or more times to urinate
If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is best to have them checked out even if it is symptoms of other conditions.
If you see or feel dramatic changes in the surface of your penile skin (on the head or shaft), it is important to have it checked by a doctor. Many urologists, including Dr. Hakky, report that men wait until their symptoms of penile cancer are advanced before reaching out for medical assistance. This makes cancer more challenging to treat — but it is possible. Other warning signs of penile cancer may be:
- A bump or growth on the penis that will not go away
- Chronic rashes or skin infections that are treatment-resistant
- Odorous discharge from the skin anywhere on the penis
- Inflamed lymph nodes in the groin and/or swollen penis
If the cancer is deep within the penis and not on the surface level, then you may feel symptoms in the early stages. Cancer within the penis can spread, but it varies patient to patient.
The diagnostic process for testicular cancer is not as long as other cancers because lumps can generally be felt in a manual exam. Plus, there are blood tests that can check for elevations in alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (b-HCG), and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH). Besides feeling a lump in a testicle (or both), you may also have the following symptoms:
- Groin and pelvic pain
- Scrotum feels more dense or thicker than usual
- Hormonal imbalances
- Breast tissue growth (with or without tenderness)
- A sudden fluid-filled scrotum
"Dr. Hakky is hands down a doctor who cares about the well being of his patients. He goes the extra mile to show how much he cares. He is brilliant, humble and the BEST in his field of study."- M.M. / Google / Jan 27, 2020
"Almost 2 years ago Dr T. Performed a Eurolift leading up to through the procedure all follow ups have been perfect I followed him to his New and HIS PRACTICE. few weeks ago. Still great service by his staff and he is just ON HIS GAME So eurolift A SUCCESS"- B.L. / Healthgrades / Jan 22, 2020
"I've been Dr. Hakky's patient for a bit more than a year now for Low T. In that time, through multiple appointment's he's shown care, professionalism and knowledge above any medical professional I've worked with. He sat next to me with his ipad, wrote out my concerns, his thoughts, the plan moving forward and a directive to direct contact him with any concerns. He then sent that all directly to my email. I am EXTREMELY confident my health is in good hands, and I cannot give him, or his staff enough glowing praise."- Z.B. / Google / Jan 09, 2020
"I've been Dr. Hakky's patient for a bit more than a year now for Low T. In that time, through multiple appointment's he's shown care, professionalism and knowledge above any medical professional I've worked with. He sat next to me with his ipad, wrote out my concerns, his thoughts, the plan moving forward and a directive to direct contact him with any concerns. He then sent that all directly to my email. I am EXTREMELY confident my health is in good hands, and I cannot give him, or his staff enough glowing praise."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jan 09, 2020
"Dr. Hakky is such a great doctor. We first found him at a Urology practice in Snellville and were SOOOO happy to hear he was opening his own practice. My husband had an abnormal semen analysis and has Low T, so treatments were typically go to fertility specialist for IVF or IUI. Dr. Hakky introduced us to a newer way to treat both and we are now pregnant with our 2nd child and my husband feels great hormone wise. I am a nurse at a OBGYN practice and we now send all of our abnormal semen analysis patients to him. He has a great personality and knows his stuff. Highly recommend!!"- L.J. / Google / Dec 04, 2019
Depending on your symptoms, there are an array of diagnostic tests that Dr. Hakky can order to see if you have the markers for a certain type of cancer. Some of these tests may also be to see if cancer has spread to other areas of your body or was not the original starting point. You can expect to have at least one of the following diagnostic services:
- Physical examination
- Blood work
- Fine-needle aspiration
- Computed tomography (CT) scan and positron emission tomography (PET) - stage of cancer/spread
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan for the brain and spinal cord
- Bone scan
Of course, Dr. Hakky will take the least invasive approach first to rule out what the symptoms mean. Together, you can make decisions on how to proceed in the diagnostic phase. Dr. Hakky will give you the information you need to make informed decisions. You are not in this alone. Each cancer will have its own therapies and modalities of treatment.
What to Expect
If you are found to have cancer, Dr. Hakky will refer you to the appropriate specialist to work with you throughout your treatment. If you do not have cancer, he can provide a treatment plan to address your symptoms.
Plan Your Procedure
When It May Be Cancer
If you would like to have diagnostic testing to see if you have urologic cancer, we invite you to make an appointment for an assessment with Dr. Hakky at Atlanta Cosmetic Urology. Waiting until you think your symptoms may clear up can take away valuable time if you do have cancer. In most cases, cancer is easier to treat in the earlier stages. Let's find answers together and come up with a plan of action to take care of your health.