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