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Cancer of the Ureter Overview

Another name for Cancer of the Ureter is Transitional Cell Carcinoma.

What is transitional cell carcinoma?
A person with transitional cell carcinoma has abnormal cells in the lining to the kidneys, ureters, or bladder. These cells multiply out of control, form tumors, and can spread to other parts of the body. The cause of transitional cell carcinoma is unknown, but genetics may play a role in determining risk. Transitional cell carcinoma is rare.

What are the symptoms of transitional cell carcinoma?
Symptoms of transitional cell carcinoma include back pain, flank pain, blood in the urine, difficulty urinating, fatigue, and weight loss.

How does the doctor treat transitional cell carcinoma?
Treatment for transitional cell carcinoma may include chemotherapy or surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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