Ureteral cancer treatment
Ureteral cancer treatment typically involves surgery. Your treatment options for cancer of the ureter will vary depending on the size and location of your cancer, how aggressive the cells are, and your own goals and preferences.
Nephroureterectomy is the removal of the kidney and ureter and is often recommended to remove ureteral cancer. The extent of your surgery will depend on your situation.
Dr. Nimeh can perform this surgery robotically in a minimally invasive manner as to avoid the traditional morbidity of a large open incision.
For very early-stage ureteral cancer, surgery may involve removing only a portion of the ureter. For more-advanced ureteral cancer, it may be necessary to remove the affected ureter, its associated kidney (nephroureterectomy) and a portion of the bladder.
Chemotherapy is a drug treatment that uses chemicals to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy is sometimes used before surgery to shrink a tumor and make it easier to remove during surgery. Chemotherapy may be used after surgery to kill any cancer cells that may remain.
In cases of advanced ureteral cancer, chemotherapy may be used to control signs and symptoms of the cancer.