Urology and Urologic Oncology Center of Excellence
As pioneers in the treatment of bladder, kidney, testicular and prostate cancer, the team of experts at Saint John’s Cancer Institute's Urology and Urologic Oncology Center of Excellence in Santa Monica, CA, are available to give you the personalized care required to meet your unique needs. You will find comfort in knowing that our team will focus on a cure while minimizing pain, discomfort and complications. We specialize in minimally invasive treatment that uses robotics and other leading-edge technology and services.Read More
Latest News & Events
Olaparib for Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer
Przemyslaw W. Twardowski, M.D., and his colleagues, have published a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine, which demonstrates significant benefit of therapy with olaparib (PARP inhibitor) in patients with advanced prostate cancer who harbor certain mutations of DNA repair system and who failed standard treatments. Based on the results of that study on 5/19/2020 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval of olaparib, providing a valuable treatment option for about 25% of patients with advanced prostate cancer with certain mutations of DNA repair. These mutations can be detected by performing an analysis of a patient’s cancer specimen and sometimes also on a specialized blood test.
NEW Bladder Cancer Treatments Approved by FDA
Thanks to the participation of Saint John’s Cancer Institute and our proactive approach to offering new treatments through novel clinical trials, TWO new bladder cancer drugs have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We are very proud to be part of this wonderful advancement.
Prostate cancer radiation therapy can sometimes result in the injury of nearby healthy tissue, causing unwanted side effects such as bowel dysfunction. That’s why we now offer SpaceOAR Hydrogel, an innovative device aimed at helping to maintain quality of life and minimize side effects of radiation treatment by protecting organs at risk during treatment. Learn how SpaceOAR Hydrogel can reduce the radiation dose delivered to the rectum during prostate radiation therapy.
Optimizing Your Quality of Life
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may be considering radiation therapy for treatment. Radiation therapy is highly effective in targeting and treating prostate cancer, but there are potential side effects that can last for years after treatment is complete. That’s why we have partnered with SpaceOAR Hydrogel, a new technology for men choosing to undergo radiation therapy for prostate cancer that minimizes side effects and optimizes your quality of life after radiation therapy.Learn More About SpaceOAR Hydrogel
Our physicians use the da Vinci Si and Xi robots for the surgical treatment of urologic cancers. We have leaders in this field with expertise in laparoscopic and robotic-assisted bladder, kidney, testicular and prostate cancer. Our team includes a world-renowned surgeon who pioneered robotic-assisted surgery for prostate cancer. We approach urologic cancer care with a personal commitment to each patient and a passion for constant innovation for the best possible outcome.Learn More About Robotic Surgery
Groundbreaking Technology: High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Treatment For Prostate Cancer
The Saint John’s Cancer Institute in Los Angeles is the first center in the U.S. to offer a non-invasive, outpatient prostate cancer treatment using the new Focal One breakthrough HIFU technology. As a first-line diagnostic tool, it has become universally used to identify tumor localization and guide biopsy in order to improve their detection rate and remove the tumor.Learn More About Prostate Cancer Treatment
Advanced Visualization for Kidney Cancer through Mobile 3D Imaging
We are the first center in California to utilize Ceevra’s 3D surgical planning application as standard practice for patients undergoing a radical or partial nephrectomy (surgical removal of a tumor from a kidney). The Ceevra 3D digital images, optimized for viewing from mobile devices and in virtual reality, help surgeons plan and perform complex operations, and help patients better understand their condition and proposed course of treatment.Learn More Kidney Cancer Treatment Options
Under the leadership of Timothy G. Wilson, M.D., professor and chair of urology at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute, we conduct extensive research on bladder, kidney, testicular and prostate cancer. Our goal is to find better treatments and possibly cures for urologic cancers, which strike close to half a million people annually.Learn More About Clinical Trials
Our program is continuing to refine standard treatments for urologic cancers, while working alongside researchers to pursue new discoveries and advances that will not only improve care of our patients, but patients around the world.Learn More About our Research Program
If you are looking for a doctor who cares and is able to utilize the latest technology to diagnose your symptoms go see Dr. Linehan. She is the best at what she does, compassionate, intelligent and caring. I’m thankful and blessed to have her as my doctor.
Dr. Linehan is the best doctor I have ever encountered. She takes time to talk to you about your diagnosis and does it in a way you understand. I trusted her with my life and would do so again in a heartbeat.
Dr. Timothy Wilson is the finest surgeon I have ever met. He’s considered an expert by his peers, a gifted surgeon by his colleagues and a humble doctor by his patients.
Dr. Wilson cured my prostate cancer. His hands are angelic and he’s a complete gentleman. He has great bedside manners and has a lot of patience and answers all your questions.
Dr. Twardowski is probably the best doctor I have ever had. He is also one of the nicest people I know. I am delighted he is my Urologist!
I went to see Dr. Movassaghi for a men’s health checkup. I never felt rushed and I felt like there was a lot of good attention and thoughtful analysis on me, the patient. Very highly recommended.
Dr. Movassaghi is the most compassionate, thorough, intelligent and caring doctor we have encountered. Although he is a surgeon, it seems the last thing he wants for you (the patient) is surgery. He discusses all aspects of every procedure before going forward. Technically, he is brilliant, but equally important is his care and compassion.
Dr. Kelly is wonderful. He allows enough time to explain what is happening and listens to the patient. He considers what is best for the person in front of him. He offers different options to consider if there are areas that can be handled in a different way.