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The IVO possesses all current alternatives for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of different urological cancers::: prostate cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, penile cancer and testicular cancer.

The IVO, due to its specialisation and experience in oncology, has become the only centre in Spain with a multidisciplinary capacity for integrated treatment of oncological processes in the field of urology.

The optimal and personalized therapeutic strategy for each patient, with the least side effects, is defined and coordinated through the Urological Tumour Committee

Surgical and Diagnostic Techniques

The service is organized by specialization units with extensive experience in all the diagnostic and surgical techniques for the treatment of urological tumours:

Conventional surgery

Conventional surgery (open) for the entire urological pathology: prostate, kidney, adrenal gland, urinary tract, bladder, testicles and penis.

Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery as an alternative to conventional treatment.

Endoscopic surgery and endourological techniques

Endoscopic surgery and endourological techniques in tumours of the bladder and upper urinary tract.

Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy (internal radiation therapy) with seeds I125 in prostate tumours.

Focal treatment

Focal treatment for low risk prostate cancer.

Active Surveillance Programme

Active Surveillance Programme in patients who meet criteria of indolent prostate cancer.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy for the rescue of prostate cancer.

Cryoablation or radio frequency techniques

Cryoablation or radio frequency techniques for kidney cancer.

Cryoablation or radiofrequency techniques

Cryoablation or radiofrequency techniques for kidney cancer.

Reconstruction techniques

Bladder reconstruction and neurological conservation techniques to maintain urinary function and sexual potency in patients where it is necessary to remove the bladder due to bladder cancer.

Conservation techniques

Bladder conservation techniques in selected patients with invasive bladder cancer. The IVO is a pioneer in this technique.

Reconstruction techniques

Bladder reconstruction and neurological preservation techniques to maintain urinary function and sexual potency in patients whose bladder has to be removed due to bladder cancer.

Selective detection of sentinel node

Selective detection of sentinel node in prostate cancer, in order to optimize the indication and extension of lymphadenectomy and penile cancer.

Penis conservation techniques

Penis conservation techniques, as well as penile reconstruction in penis cancer patients.

Early diagnosis of prostate cancer

Early diagnostic testing for prostate cancer has evolved considerably and its prognosis improves if detected in its early stages. 

The IVO carries out an Early Opportunistic Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer Programme. This is a clinical research study that is being carried out in collaboration with the Conselleria de Sanitat Public Health Department, and it is freely accessible to anyone. The diagnosis consists of a digital rectal exam, a conventional blood test to determine PSA and a urine test to determine PCA3, a state-of-the-art technique in prostate cancer diagnostics that avoids unnecessary prostate biopsies.

Functional Surgery and Erectile Dysfunction

With the objective of achieving both cure and the correction of the side effects, the service has a Functional Surgery and Erectile Dysfunction Unit for the correction of urinary incontinence and disorders related to sexual potency.

Research Activity

Research in urological tumours is very important. Thus, the IVO participates in various clinical studies that evaluate diagnostic and surgical techniques, as well as in clinical trials  of oncology drugs for prostate and bladder cancer, and the incorporation of new drugs against molecular targets for metastatic kidney cancer, in which patients that meet the inclusion criteria for each laboratory are included.

Da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgery

The Digestive Surgery section carries out its activity with the latest technical advancements in the field of minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic and robotic surgery) in which it has extensive experience.

The IVO is equipped with the latest da Vinci Xi system, and is one of the few Spanish hospitals to have the complete set of equipment.

Cancer-related interventions are the most complex surgical procedures, and robotic technology offers great advantages for both the patient and the surgeon.

Urology Service Medical Team

Head of Service

Casanova Ramón-Borja, Juan Luis

Head of Section

Collado Serra, Argimiro
Gómez-Ferrer Lozano, Álvaro
Ramírez Backhaus, Miguel
Domínguez Escrig, José Luis

Associated Doctors


Marenco Jiménez, José Luis
Wong Gutiérrez, Augusto
García Cortés, Ángel