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Transitional Cell Carcinoma (of the Ureter and Renal Pelvis)

Understanding Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the Ureter and Renal Pelvis

The renal pelvis and ureters are lined with transitional cells. These cells can change shape and stretch without breaking apart. Transitional cell carcinoma starts in these cells and forms in the renal pelvis, the ureter, or both.
 

Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the Ureter and Renal Pelvis: Cause and Risk Factors

No one knows the exact cause or causes of transitional cell carcinoma of the ureter and renal pelvis, and doctors can seldom explain why one person will get the disease and another person will not. However, research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop transitional cell carcinoma of the ureter and renal pelvis. A risk factor is anything that increases a person's chance of developing a disease.
 
Specific transitional cell carcinoma risk factors include the following:
 
  • Misusing certain pain medicines (including over-the-counter drugs) for a long time
 
  • Being exposed to certain dyes and chemicals that are used in making leather goods, textiles, plastics, and rubber
 
  • Smoking cigarettes.
 

Symptoms of Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the Ureter and Renal Pelvis

In early transitional cell carcinoma stages, there may be no transitional cell carcinoma symptoms. However, as the tumor grows, common symptoms of transitional cell carcinoma of the ureter and renal pelvis can include:
 
  • Blood in the urine
  • A pain in the back that doesn't go away
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Weight loss for unknown reasons
  • Painful or frequent urination.
 
These possible symptoms listed above are not sure signs of transitional cell carcinoma in the renal pelvis or ureter. Other health problems (such as infection, a cyst, or another problem) can also cause these symptoms. People who have possible transitional cell carcinoma signs or symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible -- only a doctor can diagnose and treat the problem.
 
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