URETERAL AND RENAL PELVIC CANCER
Your ureters are the tubes that connect your kidneys to your bladder. Cancer can begin in your ureters or renal pelvis — the hollow part of your kidney that leads to your ureters. The team of experienced urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta uses state-of-the-art diagnostics to identify and evaluate ureteral and renal pelvic cancer. They also offer personalized treatment plans to remove the cancer and restore your health. Call the practice or make an appointment online today for expert urological health care.
What is ureteral and renal pelvic cancer?
Ureteral and renal pelvic cancer develops when abnormal cells in your ureters or renal pelvis (hollow part of your kidneys) multiply rapidly and form a tumor. Ureteral and renal pelvic cancer is rare but usually affects men over the age of 65. This type of cancer typically begins in the squamous cells that line your kidneys and other hollow organs.
What are the signs and symptoms of ureteral and renal pelvic cancer?
Some of the warning signs of ureteral and renal pelvic cancer include:
- Dark urine
- Urinary frequency and urgency
- Pain or burning sensations when urinating
- Urinary hesitancy
- Blood or blood clots in urine
- Unintended weight loss
- Abdominal or back pain
- Pain at the junction of your spine and ribs
Many conditions can cause these symptoms, so it’s critical to make an appointment with the team at Urology of Greater Atlanta for diagnosis.
What are the risk factors for ureteral and renal pelvic cancer?
As mentioned, ureteral and renal pelvic cancer are more likely to develop in men over 65. Other risk factors include a personal or family history of cancer, kidney disease (Balkan endemic nephropathy), or kidney stones.
Tobacco use also increases your risk of ureteral and renal pelvic cancer. Exposure to aristolochic acids, phenacetin, and arsenic also raises your chances of this type of cancer.
How is ureteral and renal pelvic cancer diagnosed?
The team at Urology of Greater Atlanta uses comprehensive exams and testing to identify the condition causing your symptoms. They begin by reviewing your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle. During your physical exam, they check your kidneys and lymph nodes for swelling or enlargement. Your exam may include a pelvic or digital rectal exam.
The team also uses urinalysis and other lab tests to screen for signs of ureteral and renal pelvic cancer. They test for hematuria, bacteria, and other abnormalities that can help. In some cases, they perform a ureteroscopy to examine the inside of your ureters or other imaging studies like CT scans and MRIs to evaluate your condition.
How is ureteral and renal pelvic cancer treated?
The urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta provide state-of-the-art surgical treatment for ureteral and renal pelvic cancer, including partial and radical ureterectomy. The team offers open, laparoscopic, and robotically-assisted surgeries to remove the tumor and affected tissue. You might need chemotherapy or radiation after your surgery to ensure that all cancerous cells are destroyed.