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Ureter

Why choose HackensackUMC Urology?

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.

World-Class Specialists

Hackensack UMC's experienced urologists work closely with world-class cancer specialists to treat renal pelvis and ureter cancer.

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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

Expert Treatment

Our urologists provide expert, minimally invasive renal pelvis and ureter cancer treatment using the latest robotic technology.

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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.



Physicians in this Specialty

MUTAHAR AHMED, M.D.


RAVI MUNVER, M.D.


MICHAEL STIFELMAN, M.D.




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Call 551-996-8090

 

 


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