There are a few important things to keep in mind as you get ready to talk to your doctor:

  • Cancer grade

    When choosing a treatment for UTUC, the most important thing to think about is grade: Is your cancer low grade or high grade? If you’re not sure, be sure to ask your doctor.

  • Your treatment options

    Like all cancer, UTUC is a serious disease. But it can be treated. If your UTUC is low grade, you have a few different options for treatment. Visit the Getting treated page to read about which treatment might be right for you.

  • Creating a plan

    It is important for you and your doctor to come up with a treatment plan. Be sure to talk to your urologist about ALL the steps you will take to treat your UTUC—not just the next step.

Important questions to ask

  • Is my cancer low grade or high grade?
  • What stage is my cancer?
  • Where is my tumor/where are my tumors located?
  • What are my options for treatment?
  • What do the treatments mean for me outside of treating my cancer?
    • Is there a long recovery?
    • Will my treatment have an impact on my life or general health?
  • What are the chances that my cancer could come back?
  • How many times per year do you do this treatment/procedure?
  • If this treatment doesn’t work or my cancer comes back, what will we do next?

You can also ask your urologist for a copy of your pathology reports, CT scans, and operative reports. These are important documents to have for your records.

Remember, choosing a cancer treatment is a very important decision. Don’t be afraid to ask more questions or get a second opinion. UTUC is a serious disease, but treatment options are available. Make sure you’re comfortable and have as much information as possible before you make a decision about your treatment.

Getting ready for your next appointment

To make sure you’re ready to talk to your doctor, print out this helpful guide and bring it to your next appointment.
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