At Fox Chase Cancer Center, our multidisciplinary medical team works closely to accurately diagnose your ureteral cancer and help you understand your options so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment.
As a regional and national leader in cancer care, Fox Chase has a wealth of experience treating all types of ureteral cancer.
Our skilled, multispecialty genitourinary cancer team meets regularly to review patient cases and map out a personalized treatment plan. We strive to treat your cancer in the least invasive way possible using innovative surgical techniques and combination therapies that give you the best chance of a successful outcome.
Our doctors are also actively involved in developing new therapies for treating ureteral cancer. Through clinical trials, we are able to offer our patients access to promising treatments and experimental therapies that may not be available elsewhere. Ask your Fox Chase doctor if a clinical trial is right for you.
Your Treatment Options
Surgery is the primary treatment option for cancer of the ureter. Treatment depends on the type, size, stage and location of the lesion.
Removal of the entire kidney and ureter is the most common procedure. To save kidney function, surgeons at Fox Chase may use nephron-sparing procedures, including delicate telescopes to target the ureteral cancer tumors without removing the kidney.
If the ureteral cancer tumor is larger, it may be possible to remove the affected portion of the ureter without removing the kidney itself. If the entire kidney and ureter need to be removed, surgeons often can do this laparoscopically (minimally invasive) with better results.
Urologic surgeons at Fox Chase Cancer Center are regional and national leaders in performing complex surgeries for patients with ureteral cancer.