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Dr. Karel Decaestecker, MD, PhD


Member of staff at the Department of Urology, Ghent University Hospital

Subspecialisation Uro-oncology and robot-assisted surgery

Multidisciplinary oncological care for prostate, urothelial, kidney and testicular cancer

Bladder cancer surgery (open and robot-assisted)
-Totally intracorporeal robot assisted radical cystectomy and urinary diversion (ileal conduit, neobladder, pouch)
-Robot assisted partial cystectomy and bladder brachytherapy

Kidney cancer surgery:
-Open and robotic radical and partial nephrectomy -Open radical nephrectomy with caval thrombectomy

Open and robot-assisted pelvic and retroperitoneal (salvage) lymphadenectomy (prostate cancer, testicular cancer, urothelial cancer)

Multidisciplinary approach for abdominal and pelvic cancers in collaborationwith gynaecology, gastro-intestinal and vascular surgery.
Special interest in Robotic Kidney Transplantation program in Belgium together with thoraco-vascular surgery: first robotic kidney transplantation in Belgium 16/3/2016.

Ghent, Belgium
Dutch  /  English  /  French

Work Experience

Urologist Department of Urology
Since 2012
Ghent University Hospital


PhD Metastasis-directed therapy for oligometastatic prostate cancer recurrence
2010 to 2015
University of Ghent
Training in Urology
2008 to 2012
UZGent, University Hospital Ghent, Belgium
Fellow of the European Board of Urology (FEBU)


Surveillance or Metastasis-Directed Therapy for Oligometastatic Prostate Cancer Recurrence: A Prospective, Randomized, Multicenter Phase II Trial.
Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Read it here Metastatic burden in newly diagnosed hormone-naive metastatic prostate cancer: Comparing definitions of CHAARTED and LATITUDE trial.
Urologic oncology Read it here Single ablative intravesical electromotive mitomycin C administration for small non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer: a prospective study.
Acta clinica Belgica Read it here

Professional Associations

Uro-Oncology Group Ghent (UOGG) Member European Uro-Oncology Group Member European Association of Urology (EAU) Member