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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 6:33 PM
Joined: 5/1/2014
Posts: 1

I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in Oct 2012 and underwent TURBT. The tumour was located at RT VUJ (ureteric junction) and completely removed. Biopsy indicated a low grade non invasive one. In April 2014 a recurrence was observed at RT VUJ during routine cystoscopy. TURBT was performed 2 weeks later and the tumour in bladder was removed. During the TURBT the doctor observed a tumour higher up in the ureter (approximately mid way to kidney); so he was unable to remove it. Following the TURBT, a CT scan was done which showed the kidney is ok and no metastasis. The tumour in ureter is so small at the moment that it did not even appear in the CT scan. Biopsy results show low grade, non muscle invasive. The option given to me for removal of ureteric tumour is to remove the kidney as well as ureter. For now we have scheduled an ureteroscopy in June 2014 to once again have a look and then take a decision. I am 39 years old and not very keen on removing kidney and ureter for a small & low grade tumour which has not affected the kidneys yet. Is Cyberknife treatment a good option for me?
Posted: Friday, May 02, 2014 3:15 AM
Joined: 10/10/2008
Posts: 4435

No. First of all, treatment of hollow structures such as a ureter is almost certain to result in stricture. Second, there is no way to target it since it does not show up in ct scans. You might see if there is a good surgical option. Perhaps seek out a real urologic oncologist.


Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
St. Anthony Hospital Cyberknife Center
(405) 272-7311

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