Feb 12, 2024
Ureteral carcinoma, also referred to as cancer of the ureters, is an abnormal growth of cells on the inside lining of the tubes (ureters) that connect your kidneys to your bladder. The ureters in the urinary tract carry the urine that the kidneys generate to the bladder.
Cancer of the urinary tract is rare. The most prevalent demographics for it are older adults and those who have previously undergone bladder cancer treatment.
Ureters and bladder cancers are closely connected. The cells lining the ureters and the inside of the bladder are the same. Given that people with ureteral cancer have a markedly increased chance of acquiring bladder cancer, your doctor will likely recommend testing to look for bladder cancer signs. Surgery is usually required for the treatment of ureteral cancer.
It is uncertain what causes ureteral carcinoma.
Ureteric cancer arises from genetic changes, or mutations, that affect the cells lining the inside of the ureter. The changes give the cells instructions to multiply swiftly and to survive longer than they would otherwise. This leads to the growth of an abnormal cell mass that may eventually clog the ureter or spread to other body areas.
Signs and indications of urinary carcinoma include:
Some factors that could increase your risk of developing ureteral carcinoma are as follows:
The detection of ureteral carcinoma involves the use of the subsequent methods and tests:
Urinary malignancies typically require surgery to be treated. Your options for treating ureteric carcinoma will vary depending on the size and location of the cancer, the aggressiveness of the cells, and your individual preferences and objectives.
Surgery is often recommended to remove ureteral cancer. The extent of your operation will depend on your circumstances.
Only very early-stage ureteral malignancies may require ureteric excision during surgery. In more advanced cases of ureteral cancer, a nephroterectomy (removal of the affected kidney) and a portion of the bladder may be necessary.
Chemotherapy can sometimes shrink a tumor before surgery, making the tumor easier to remove. Chemotherapy can be used in conjunction with surgery to eliminate any remaining cancer cells.
The indications and symptoms of advanced ureteral cancer can be controlled with chemotherapy.
Immunotherapy strengthens your immune system to combat cancer. Your cancer may be too advanced for the immune system to handle when cancer cells produce proteins that help them avoid detection by immune system cells. Immunotherapy works by getting in the way of that process.
Immunotherapy is a potential treatment option for advanced ureteral cancer when other therapies have not been successful.
After your treatment, your doctor will schedule follow-up exams to look for any signs that your cancer has returned. These tests also look for signs of bladder cancer because people with ureteral cancer have a higher risk of developing bladder cancer.
The exams and the tests you take will depend on your circumstances. But after the first year, you should schedule less regular visits with your doctor; ideally, every few months.
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