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Dr. Canes is a board-certified fellowship trained Urologist who specializes in cancers of the prostate, kidney, and bladder. He also repairs complex urinary tract injuries and blockages. He is among the most experienced robotic surgeons in the Greater Boston area, having trained other surgeons in the technique both regionally and internationally. He is the Medical Director of Lahey’s New Hampshire satellite clinic at Parkland Medical Center where he also serves as the Director of Robotic Surgery. Recognized among Boston Magazine's Top Doctors since 2016, Dr. Canes is passionate about patient education. He is a father of five boys, and enjoys skiing and playing blues guitar.

Education

  • MD: Cornell University (Weill Cornell Medical College)

  • Internship: Lahey Clinic

  • Residency: Lahey Clinic

  • Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic

  • BA: Yale University

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Urology

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Ureteral Cancer – Symptoms

As far as symptoms go, there’s two main categories of symptoms that typically occur if a patient has cancer of the ureter. The first is that the cancer at some point, for no reason, starts...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Ureteral Cancer – Statistics

Cancer of the ureter is a fairly rare cancer. Only 2 to 3 patients out of every 100,000 develop ureteral cancer. Accounting for less than 4,000 cases in the United States every year. This is...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Ureteral Cancer – Overview

Today, we’re going to talk about cancer of the ureter. Generally speaking, cancer is when cells grow out of control. So if a cell in the lining of the urinary tract between the kidney and...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Ureteral Cancer – Diagnosis

Cancers of the ureter can be diagnosed in a number of ways. If the growth in the ureter or upper urinary tract is big enough, it may be detectable on a CAT scan. But more...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Ureteral Cancer – Causes and Risk Factors

The most common known causes for cancer of the ureter are environmental. And it stands to reason because the urine is constantly in contact with the lining of the upper urinary tract. So any toxin...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Testicular Cancer – Markers

Testicular cancer has a unique feature. Some testicular cancers secrete or release markers into the bloodstream. A marker is a protein that’s normally found at very low levels in the bloodstream, or perhaps not at...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Treatment Options

The treatment options for prostate cancer depends on whether it’s localized, advanced, or has spread outside the gland. For prostate cancer that’s localized, the two main standard treatments are surgical removal of the prostate or...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Symptoms

Typically prostate cancer causes no symptoms. And that’s a good thing if we diagnose prostate cancer at a very early stage. Because that’s the stage where it’s most likely to be curable. At more advanced...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Surgical Removal

If you and your urologist have decided that surgical removal of the prostate is the treatment approach that you’d like to pursue, there’s different surgical techniques to accomplish the same goal, however the prostate is...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Statistics

Prostate cancer is extremely common. Almost one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lifetime. In the United States, there are about 175,000 cases of prostate cancer...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Screening

“Screening for prostate cancer is controversial. Like all screenings, ideally the decision to screen for a cancer, meaning to try to detect it early when it’s curable, should be done as part of shared decision-making....

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Immediate Treatment

Whether prostate cancer needs immediate treatment depends on how aggressive the cancer is. Currently, doctors are very well equipped to be able to tell based on clinical data, your PSA, how much cancer is found...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Epidemiology

Cancer epidemiology is just a fancy statistical word, which means how many cases of a cancer are being diagnosed and how many people are dying from it. In the case of prostate cancer, it’s experienced...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Diagnosis

There are several warning signs that prostate cancer might be present that might cause your doctor to refer you to a urologist for further evaluation. This might include an elevation in your PSA blood test,...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Cancer – Symptoms

“Cancer is not one disease. It’s hundreds of different diseases that share the underlying thread of uncontrolled cell growth. So the symptoms depend on which organ has the cancer, where it’s located and what might...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Cancer – Statistics

Cancer is very common. Just in the year 2019, there were 1.7 million cases of cancer diagnosed just in the United States and about 600,000 deaths. The lifetime risk of developing cancer is around 40%....

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Cancer – Shared Decision Making

At your annual physical, you should talk to your doctor about what screening tests for cancer might be appropriate for you. This is a process called shared decision-making and it’s absolutely essential. Gone are the...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Cancer – Secondary Cancer

These are called secondary cancers. This means the first cancer was treated and then a second, new, completely different cancer forms, months or years later. I’m not talking about a recurrence of the original cancer....

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Cancer – Screening

“The goal of screening is to find cancers early before they cause symptoms. At earlier stages, cancers are easier to treat and easier to cure. The goal is to prolong your life, preventing you from...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Causes

The exact cause of prostate cancer is typically not known. Although we know that advancing age is the main risk factor. In most cases, we don’t identify a specific cause. In some patients, about 5...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Ureteral Cancer – Symptoms

As far as symptoms go, there’s two main categories of symptoms that typically occur if a patient has cancer of the ureter. The first is that the cancer at some point, for no reason, starts...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Ureteral Cancer – Statistics

Cancer of the ureter is a fairly rare cancer. Only 2 to 3 patients out of every 100,000 develop ureteral cancer. Accounting for less than 4,000 cases in the United States every year. This is...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Ureteral Cancer – Overview

Today, we’re going to talk about cancer of the ureter. Generally speaking, cancer is when cells grow out of control. So if a cell in the lining of the urinary tract between the kidney and...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Ureteral Cancer – Diagnosis

Cancers of the ureter can be diagnosed in a number of ways. If the growth in the ureter or upper urinary tract is big enough, it may be detectable on a CAT scan. But more...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Ureteral Cancer – Causes and Risk Factors

The most common known causes for cancer of the ureter are environmental. And it stands to reason because the urine is constantly in contact with the lining of the upper urinary tract. So any toxin...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Testicular Cancer – Markers

Testicular cancer has a unique feature. Some testicular cancers secrete or release markers into the bloodstream. A marker is a protein that’s normally found at very low levels in the bloodstream, or perhaps not at...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Treatment Options

The treatment options for prostate cancer depends on whether it’s localized, advanced, or has spread outside the gland. For prostate cancer that’s localized, the two main standard treatments are surgical removal of the prostate or...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Symptoms

Typically prostate cancer causes no symptoms. And that’s a good thing if we diagnose prostate cancer at a very early stage. Because that’s the stage where it’s most likely to be curable. At more advanced...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Surgical Removal

If you and your urologist have decided that surgical removal of the prostate is the treatment approach that you’d like to pursue, there’s different surgical techniques to accomplish the same goal, however the prostate is...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Statistics

Prostate cancer is extremely common. Almost one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lifetime. In the United States, there are about 175,000 cases of prostate cancer...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Screening

“Screening for prostate cancer is controversial. Like all screenings, ideally the decision to screen for a cancer, meaning to try to detect it early when it’s curable, should be done as part of shared decision-making....

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Immediate Treatment

Whether prostate cancer needs immediate treatment depends on how aggressive the cancer is. Currently, doctors are very well equipped to be able to tell based on clinical data, your PSA, how much cancer is found...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Epidemiology

Cancer epidemiology is just a fancy statistical word, which means how many cases of a cancer are being diagnosed and how many people are dying from it. In the case of prostate cancer, it’s experienced...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Diagnosis

There are several warning signs that prostate cancer might be present that might cause your doctor to refer you to a urologist for further evaluation. This might include an elevation in your PSA blood test,...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Cancer – Symptoms

“Cancer is not one disease. It’s hundreds of different diseases that share the underlying thread of uncontrolled cell growth. So the symptoms depend on which organ has the cancer, where it’s located and what might...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Cancer – Statistics

Cancer is very common. Just in the year 2019, there were 1.7 million cases of cancer diagnosed just in the United States and about 600,000 deaths. The lifetime risk of developing cancer is around 40%....

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Cancer – Shared Decision Making

At your annual physical, you should talk to your doctor about what screening tests for cancer might be appropriate for you. This is a process called shared decision-making and it’s absolutely essential. Gone are the...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Cancer – Secondary Cancer

These are called secondary cancers. This means the first cancer was treated and then a second, new, completely different cancer forms, months or years later. I’m not talking about a recurrence of the original cancer....

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Cancer – Screening

“The goal of screening is to find cancers early before they cause symptoms. At earlier stages, cancers are easier to treat and easier to cure. The goal is to prolong your life, preventing you from...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate Cancer – Causes

The exact cause of prostate cancer is typically not known. Although we know that advancing age is the main risk factor. In most cases, we don’t identify a specific cause. In some patients, about 5...

Watch and Share
David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Prostate – Definition

Cancer is when cells in the body grow out of control. So if a prostate cell starts to grow out of control, it forms a tumor that’s called prostate cancer. But let’s start with the...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Kidney Cancer – Symptoms

Most often when kidney cancers are diagnosed, there’s no symptoms at all. That’s a good thing. That means the cancer is so small and localized, it’s too small to even cause any symptoms at all....

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Kidney Cancer – Surgery

Surgery is the mainstay of treating localized kidney cancer and is often completely curative. What’s very important is that kidney cancer can behave in a very friendly, slow growing fashion that makes it somewhat unique...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Kidney Cancer – Statistics

In the United States every year, approximately 75,000 patients are diagnosed with kidney cancer, and it’s responsible for almost 15,000 deaths per year. For kidney cancer, we’re talking about cancers that form in the outer...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Testicular Cancer – Types

There are multiple different types of cells that make up the testicle. Any one of them can develop into testicular cancer and therefore there’s many different types of testicular cancer. Most cancers of the testicle...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Cancer – Risk Factors

Tobacco is probably the most well-known risk factor for developing cancers. It’s estimated that at least 40% of all cancers form because of tobacco exposure. Age is another risk factor. About 80% of all cancers...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Cancer – Recurrence

If a cancer recurs, this can be a confusing subject. It means that cancer was first treated and then some days, months, or years later, it comes back. The doctor usually tells the patient the...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

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Cancer – Prevention

The simple answer is yes, but it can’t be completely prevented, and not all cancers can be prevented. Rough estimates are somewhere along the lines of 40% of all cancers are probably preventable. It’s not...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Cancer – Overview

“Cancer is not one condition. It’s a group of conditions with an underlying thread. And that thread is uncontrolled cell growth. The doctor may use terms like growth, lump, lesion, nodule, and those might all...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

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Cancer – Naming

Cancers are named after the body part where the bad copy of the photocopy machine first started. So for example, if a bad copy is made in the pancreas and a cell goes rogue and...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Ureteral Cancer – Blood in Urine

I should point out that although many patients with cancer of the ureter initially come to their attention because of blood in the urine, if you just have blood in the urine, it certainly doesn’t...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Testicular Cancer – Treatment

When the cancer has spread outside of the testicle, the next step in treatment depends on the global category of the testicular tumor, whether it falls in the seminoma category or non seminoma category, and...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Testicular Cancer – Symptoms

The most common presentation or symptom that might alert you or your doctor that testicular cancer is present is a new, hard area or lump in the testicle. I want you to know that if...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Testicular Cancer – Surgical Removal

Generally speaking, if your doctor is suspicious that there’s a solid mass in the testicle, surgical removal of the entire testicle is indicated. While you might think that the incision or cut that the surgeon...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Kidney Cancer – Risk Factors

Two main known risk factors for kidney cancer are excess body weight or obesity, and tobacco exposure. In fact, some studies estimate that if we could just eliminate smoke exposure and excess body weight, about...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Kidney Cancer – Procedures

When it comes to surgery on the kidney for kidney cancer, there’s two main types of operations. In one, the entire kidney with the tumor is removed together. This is commonly done for large tumors...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Kidney Cancer – Overview

Today we’re going to talk about kidney cancer. Cancer in general is uncontrolled cell growth. So if a kidney cell starts to grow out of control, it forms a tumor or a growth. Those terms...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

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Kidney Cancer – Non Surgical Treatment

There are non-surgical approaches to treat kidney cancer. If a patient is not a candidate for surgery or prefers not to have a surgical procedure, there’s a whole category of kidney cancer treatments called ablation....

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

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Kidney Cancer – Complication

“When cancer spreads, there are two main pathways of escape from the organ where the cancer started. The first one is the lymphatic system. Patients have commonly heard of cancer spreading to lymph nodes. The...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Testicular Cancer – Risk Factors

There are two main risk factors for testicular cancer. The first is something called an undescended testicle. What does that mean? When we’re developing in the womb, the testicles actually start high up in the...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Testicular Cancer – Overview

Today we’re gonna talk about testicular cancer. Cancer in general is uncontrolled cell growth. The cell is the basic building block of any part of the body. So if a cell in the testicle becomes...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Testicular Cancer – Noncancer Lump

Not every mass or lump in the testicle is testicular cancer. Many other lesions or processes in the testicle can be present that are not cancerous. For example, bruises or healing after some type of...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Cancer – Gene Mutation

In a less common example, you might be born with a gene mutation. Just like genes for eye color, shoe size, height, hair color are passed down from our parents down to us, you might...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

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Cancer – Lifestyle Risk Factors

Certain lifestyle choices also increase the risk of developing cancer. Excess alcohol intake, sedentary lifestyle without enough exercise, and excess weight or obesity, are linked to several cancers, including cancers of the pancreas, esophagus, liver,...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

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Cancer – Goals

If possible, the goal is absolutely to cure the cancer and to prolong your lifespan. But the specific goal depends on what stage the cancer is. All cancers are divided into four stages. One, two,...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

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Cancer – Excessive Alcohol Intake

Excessive intake of alcohol is specifically associated with an increased risk of cancers anywhere you can imagine fluid touches when you drink. So what I mean by that is cancers of the mouth, throat, larynx...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

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Cancer – Different Treatments

“All cancers are not treated the same way. To think that all cancers are the same would be like thinking that all infections are the same, but of course we know the common cold or...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

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Cancer – Diagnosis and Tests Complications

“Screening tests for cancer usually don’t actually make the diagnosis. Usually screening tests are just the first step. And then if they’re positive, they need to be followed up with a confirmatory test. So for...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

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Cancer – Complementary Medicine

There are certainly many complementary treatments that can be used very nicely alongside traditional medical and surgical approaches. These include prayer, music therapy, acupuncture, Tai Chi and meditation. Caution should be undertaken if complimentary medicine...

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David Canes, MD

1 month ago

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BPH – Surgery

Surgery may eventually be necessary to treat BPH. This could occur for a number of reasons. In one scenario, medications that once worked may no longer work to treat urinary symptoms. In other patients, medications...

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