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Transitional Cell Carcinoma Treatment

When the cancer affects the ureter or renal pelvis, transitional cell carcinoma treatment typically involves surgery. Types of surgery used to treat this form of transitional cell carcinoma include nephroureterectomy and segmental resection of the ureter. For some people with transitional cell carcinoma, treatment options may also include new treatments being studied in clinical trials.

Transitional Cell Carcinoma Treatment: An Overview

Transitional cell carcinoma treatment options vary based on:
  • The stage and grade of the tumor
  • Where the tumor is located
  • Whether the patient's other kidney is healthy
  • Whether the cancer has recurred.


This eMedTV article uses the phrase "transitional cell carcinoma" to refer to transitional cell carcinoma of the ureter and renal pelvis. This type of cancer should not be confused with bladder cancer (a more common type of transitional cell carcinoma) or renal cell carcinoma (the most common type of kidney cancer).


(Click Bladder Cancer Treatment for information about treatment of a more common type of transitional cell carcinoma. To learn about treatment options for the most common type of kidney cancer, see the eMedTV article Kidney Cancer Treatment.)


In general, transitional cell carcinoma treatment options can include surgery. Patients should work with their doctors to develop a treatment plan that meets their medical needs and personal values. Choosing the most appropriate transitional cell carcinoma treatment is a decision that ideally involves the patient, the family, and the healthcare team.

Transitional Cell Carcinoma Treatment: Remembering Questions and Answers

Many people with transitional cell carcinoma want to take an active part in making decisions about their medical care and their transitional cell carcinoma treatment. However, the shock and stress that often accompany a transitional cell carcinoma diagnosis can make it hard to think of everything to ask the doctor. Some patients find that it is helpful to make a list of transitional cell carcinoma questions before their appointment.
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