Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., Co-Chief of the Division of Urologic Oncology at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, internationally recognized for his work in urologic oncology, was among physicians from the Cancer Center presenting research abstracts at the American Urological Association’s 2010 Annual Meeting.
The American Urological Association (AUA) is committed to fostering the highest standards of urologic care by carrying out a wide variety of programs for members and their patients. The AUA’s Annual Meeting is the world’s foremost meeting of urologists, joining nearly 11,000 practicing physicians and healthcare professionals at the largest gathering of urological professionals worldwide.
Dr. Sawczuk is a leading authority on renal (kidney) cancer and the various methods used to treat it, including laparoscopic radical and partial nephrectomy (removal of all or part of a kidney), immunological management using cancer vaccines, laparoscopic cryoablation, and nephron-sparing kidney surgery. In the field of prostate cancer, Dr. Sawczuk and his colleagues in the Division of Urologic Oncology have been delivering tremendous outcomes for many years, as evidenced by achieving an astounding 95 percent usage rate in 2005 with robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy to treat localized prostate cancer, when the national rate was only 20 percent. These results continue through today: the department was recently rated as the top prostate cancer treatment center in New Jersey by Healthgrades for their outcomes.
The abstracts John Theurer Cancer Center presented focus on the following topics: laparoscopic adrenalectomy (horseshoe kidney), hypogonadal patients receiving clomiphene citrate or anastrozole for infertility, robot-assisted radical prostatectomy and CT-fused indium-111 capromab pendetide immunoscintigraphy in management of recurrent prostate cancer.
Jennifer Yates, M.D. and Ravi Munver, vice chairman and chief of minimally invasive and robotic urologic surgery for the Department of Urology, were collaborators on these projects.