Bladder Cancer Center of Excellence: Your Trusted Partner in Bladder Cancer Care

When you refer a bladder cancer patient to UNC Cancer Care, you offer choices.


The experience of one of the largest robotic and minimally-invasive surgical teams available anywhere allows our physicians to select the right surgical approach for each patient at the right time.  As one site for a large outcomes trial comparing robotic and open surgery, UNC offers the confidence that comes with extensive surgical experience. Patients are offered a range of urinary diversion options to preserve quality of life.


Our center of excellence is distinguished by the presence of multiple medical oncologists with specific interest and experience in bladder cancer, as well as their own focused basic and clinical research programs. In addition to neo-adjuvant chemotherapy, we are continually working to improve care through cancer genetics based approaches to treatment, the introduction of novel therapies and innovative clinical trials.




With expertise in bladder-sparing treatment protocols using chemotherapy and radiation therapy, we can offer many patients options that preserve quality of life without negatively impacting outcomes or limiting future decisions in the event of recurrence.






Raj Pruthi, MD, chief of the division of urology and co-director of the multidisciplinary urologic oncology program talks about UNC's resources for treating complex cases. Watch video.




Top Rankings for Patient Satisfaction


You can refer to us with confidence. UNC Health Care scores highest in patient satisfaction among all academic medical centers nationwide that participate in the University HealthSystem Consortium in 2009–
2010. In addition, UNC’s urologic services rank in the 99th percentile nationally for patient satisfaction in the Press Ganey survey for fiscal year 2011.


Patients referred to the UNC Bladder Cancer Center of Excellence are seen by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians. The visit includes a formal UNC evaluation of prior pathology, imaging, and outside medical records. The multidisciplinary team provides a consensus opinion regarding the best treatment plan for the individual patient. Dedicated program coordinators and nurse navigators guide the complex care delivered to our patients by facilitating information intake, scheduling all tests and follow-up visits, and ensuring clear communication to referring health care providers.


Refer a patient (toll free) 1-866-869-1856

Program Assistant Phone: 919-966-9696, 919-843-8869
Fax: 919-843-5016


Support and Survivorship

The Bladder Cancer Center of Excellence at UNC Cancer Care works in close partnership with BCAN, the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, to provide patient support and information. Bladder cancer patients and survivors provide peer-to-peer support in conjunction with the professionals from UNC’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program. Program co-leaders Raj Pruthi, MD, and Matthew Milowsky, MD, along with urologist Matthew Nielsen, MD, serve on BCAN’s scientific advisory board.

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For questions about all clinical trials at UNC (including those at UNC that are also offered at other sites), contact the UNC Lineberger protocol office at 919-966-4432 or (toll-free) 1-877-668-0683.


To make an appointment at the N.C. Cancer Hospital for one of your patients, visit our web page for referring physicians. You may also contact the Carolina Consultation Center at 1-800-862-6264.