Cancer of the renal pelvis and/or ureter is a rare and complicated disease that often requires a multi-specialty team provide the most effective care. The urologists at Hackensack University Medical Center have the experience required to properly diagnose and treat these rare and complex cancers.
In addition to treating the cancer, our specialists work hard to preserve your quality of life. Our urologists aim to preserve your kidney whenever possible and perform 90 percent of renal pelvis and ureter cancer treatment procedures using minimally invasive, robotic approaches.
Symptoms and Causes
Renal pelvis and ureter cancer is rare, occurring in fewer than 6,000 people in the U.S. each year. Cancer of the renal pelvis occurs in the cells that line the area where urine collects in the kidney. Cancer of the ureters occurs in the tubes that carry urine from the kidney to the bladder. Symptoms include:
Blood in your urine
Burning and pain during urination
Urgent, frequent urination
Crampy pain in your side or lower abdomen
Diagnosis and Treatment
Our urologists will conduct a thorough exam using the latest tools and techniques to diagnose your condition. Your exam may include a 3D CT or MRI scan, a urine sample and a special test that uses a small, flexible tube called a ureteroscope to view the cancer, obtain tissue samples, and sometimes provide treatment.
Typical treatment for renal pelvis and ureter cancer involves removing the entire kidney and ureter. However, our urologists aim to preserve the kidney whenever possible and use state-of-the-art treatment methods, including:
Destroying cancer cells with a laser
Instilling special medications into the ureter
Chemotherapy in combination with surgery
Removing the cancer while leaving the kidney and ureter in place
Our urologists will take a multidisciplinary approach and work with the cancer specialists at the John Theurer Cancer Center to develop a personalized treatment plan for you.