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GenitoUrinary Cancer
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My dad ― a primary care physician ― took it in stride, nodding good-naturedly at me and my little sister. But he knew it was unbeatable at that point.

Thirteen years after his death, I’m still regretting that moment.

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Clinical Genitourinary Cancer

Clinical Genitourinary Cancer is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original articles describing various aspects of clinical and translational research in genitourinary cancers. Clinical Genitourinary Cancer is devoted to articles on detection, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of genitourinary cancers.

Genitourinary Cancers Symposium

The 2019 Genitourinary (GU) Cancers Symposium is a three-day scientific and educational meeting designed to meet the needs of physicians and other members of the cancer care and research community who diagnose, treat, and study GU malignancies.


Keeping you abreast regarding the latest research in GU cancer.

MD Anderson

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Urinary tract cancer resources for patients and healthcare professionals.


Extensive resource on urinary cancer.

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