Dr. Neil Gordon of Cairns Urology has been at the forefront of prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment in Cairns for more than two decades. He is a firm believer in ensuring his patients get the best treatment quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.
He takes pride in making sure his patients have any surgical procedures completed without a long waiting period and helps to ensure they recover quickly. When patients book at Cairns Urology, they also know they will see a specialist right away and take comfort in the fact that the same specialist will be the one who treats them.
Dr. Gordon has completed more than 1000 prostate day surgeries as well as over 1500 kidney stone day surgeries.
“People get to go home the same day as the surgery,” said Dr. Gordon who opened his practice in 1997. “It’s well known that people tend to get better faster in their own homes.” As well as that, day surgery saves the patient overnight hospital expenses.
Cairns Urology is the only urology practice in Queensland to carry out Cryotherapy treatment for prostate cancer in day surgery and only the second one to perform this procedure in Australia.
“Cryotherapy treats localised prostate cancer and it’s about an hour and a half day surgery,” he said. “Of all the patients we’ve done so far, no one has ever become incontinent and no men with focal treatment have had changes to their erectile capacity. Patients also have little or no downtime after surgery.”
The practice also leads the field in the management and treatment of kidney stones. Dr. Gordon was also the first urologist in Cairns to offer Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy treatment, a non-invasive treatment for breaking down kidney stones.
“Sound waves are targeted at a kidney stone, causing the stone to break into little pieces,” Dr. Gordon said. “It’s completely non-invasive.”
“We are always studying and developing new ways to diagnose prostate cancer to help our patients find the appropriate and most effective treatments for them. The idea is to live for a good time and a long time and treatment should be for the individual rather than a ‘one-size-fits-all approach’.”
“Over the years, we have worked effectively with our patients evaluating the pros and cons of new technology, changes in different treatments and therapies to enable them to achieve the best results we can. Sometimes, however, the best treatment is no treatment.”
98 Spence Street, Cairns
Words by Janie Barton | Photo by Catherine Coombs