Ureter Cancer

Ureter Cancer Awareness Month & Ribbon
Month March
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Cancer of the ureter or renal pelvic is called ureter cancer. This is a relatively rare form of cancer accounting for only 5% of the total cancer cases. Men are more at risk than women and so are older adults.

Signs and Symptoms

Severe pain in the back, blood in the urine, fatigue, weight loss and frequent urination are some of the most common signs of the disease.

Treatment

  • Surgery could mean removing the kidney fully or partially and removing just the affected ureter and replacing it with a synthetic one. This could cost at least $12,000 for the operation and much more for post operative care totaling to $15,000 at the very least.
  • Latest inventions in minimal invasion methods have resulted in laparoscopic and robotic surgery that can cost anywhere around $10,000 to $20,000.
  • If the cancer has spread to other parts then chemotherapy is used which can cost up to $30,000 per course.

Causes

Chronic irritation of the kidney due to chemical exposure such as alcohol and smoke that are eliminated from the body through urine may be a prime source of ureter cancer. Long-term pain relief medication and exposure to carcinogenic chemicals are other reasons.

Test & Procedure

Primary diagnosis is through urine analysis, followed by complete blood test to determine the counts and urine cytology to study the expelled blood cells. This is followed by scanning techniques, endoscopy and ultra sound. Intravenous pyelogram is another technique of observing the interiors of the urinary system.

Preventive Measures

Lifestyle changes such as balanced diet, giving up smoking and excess alcohol consumption and keeping active through exercise are some of the ways you can avoid susceptibility to cancer.

Side Effects

While invasive surgeries can cause infection and hemorrhages, chemotherapy can cause nausea and vomiting and acute hair loss among others.

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