Peter A. Pinto, MD

Peter A. Pinto, MD

U.S. National Institutes of Health

Bethesda, MD

Peter A. Pinto, MD, is an Investigator and faculty member in the Urologic Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Following a residency in Urologic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center - Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, he was a Fellow and Clinical Instructor at the Brady Urologic Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Pinto is a board-certified urologic surgeon specializing in oncology and is the Director of the Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program at the National Cancer Institute. He is nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in the minimally invasive treatment of urologic cancers, specializing in laparoscopic and robotic surgery for prostate, kidney, bladder, and testicular cancer.


Talks by Peter A. Pinto, MD

Focal and Salvage Therapies for Prostate Cancer: What’s Worth It and What’s Not?

Peter A. Pinto, MD, examines the current state of focal and salvage therapies for the treatment of prostate cancer, and offers his insights into which therapies are worth pursuing. He begins by addressing various kinds of salvage therapy, acknowledging that salvage therapy is a response to failed focal, radiation, or surgical therapy, and specifying that this presentation will focus on salvage therapy after failed radiation therapy.

Dr. Pinto explains that focal ablation therapy, whole gland ablation therapy, and surgical therapy are the most common salvage therapies after a radiation therapy failure. He recommends using an MRI-based biopsy method over more traditional methods to maximize accuracy in identifying lesions.

Dr. Pinto then recommends focal ablation over whole gland ablation as a salvage therapy after failed radiation therapy due to the high morbidity associated with whole gland ablation. Dr. Pinto concludes by listing the many ablation options for salvage therapy, and presents studies which examined the pros and cons of each option, offering his insights on each study.

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Should MRI Be Used to Monitor for AS? Pro Argument

Peter A. Pinto, MD, argues that MRI can help select prostate cancer patients for active surveillance (AS). While MRI has some limitations, with proper application, it can reduce patient and urologist anxiety, repeat biopsies, and amount of cores taken during AS. Subsequently, this will reduce morbidity, bleeding, erectile dysfunction, and infections related to biopses.

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