There are two types of treatment for upper tract urothelial carcinomas:
- Nephron sparing or conservative management which means we try to save the entire kidney, or part of the kidney, and try to preserve kidney function. We try to ablate and destroy the tumor using a small camera up in to the ureter and kidney. Sometimes we give chemotherapy or immunotherapy in the pelvis or the ureter.
- Robotic surgical treatment depending on the location of the tumor, we remove all or part of the ureter, kidney and bladder to remove the cancer.