Ureteral Cancer

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About Ureteral Cancer

Ureteral cancer, and Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma (UTUC), are cancers that can occur anywhere in the inner linings of the kidney, ureters, bladder, and urethra. This type of cancer typically occurs in the bladder in about 90 percent of cases, while a smaller percentage can occur in the upper lining of the kidney. It can also start within the urethra and progress down to the bladder, referred to as descending tumors. Approximately 25 to 50% of patients who suffer from UTUC, will develop bladder cancer at a future point in their lives. Treatment includes removal of the affected tissue, working to preserve as much bladder and urinary function as possible.