Ureteral cancer treatment
Ureteral cancer is a rare variety of cancer that affects the urethra. As the tumor grows, it causes pain and problems with urination. Treatment usually includes surgery and radiation therapy. Alternative methods are immunotherapy and chemotherapy.
Ureteral cancer occurs when damaged cells grow abnormally in the urethra (the tube connecting the kidneys to the bladder). It is rare and more common in the elderly and those previously treated for bladder cancer. According to statistics, men are affected about 2-3 times more often than women.
Urologists identify some factors that increase the likelihood of developing a tumor of the ureter:
- Elderly age;
- A history of urinary tract cancer;
In advanced stages, the tumor may compress or block the ureter, causing urethral stricture and urinary retention. Doctors use various methods to diagnose a ureteral lump: ultrasound, CT, and biopsy (studying a piece of tissue from the damaged urethra under a microscope).
Treatment for ureteral cancer depends on two main factors: the size and stage of the disease. Usually, oncologists remove the bump surgically. Most operations are low-traumatic and are performed using the da Vinci robot. If a large part of the ureter is damaged, then surgeons also remove it (ureterectomy).
When cancer spreads metastases throughout the body, oncologists prescribe chemotherapy and immunotherapy. They might slow the progression of the disease and improve the quality of life. In addition, radiation therapy is usually given after an operation to reduce the chance of the cancer returning.
Where can I get Ureteral cancer treatment?
What are the best clinics for Ureteral cancer treatment?
Who are the best doctors for Ureteral cancer?
Prof. Dr. med. Jurgen Gschwend from University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich
Prof. Dr. med. Florian Bassermann from University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich
Prof. Dr. med. Christian Brandts from University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University
Prof. Dr. med. Felix K. H. Chun, MA, FEBU from University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University
Prof. Dr. med. Hubert Serve from University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University