Talking to your urologist

Before you and your urologist can choose the right treatment for you, it’s important to find out exactly what’s going on with your cancer. Be sure to ask a lot of questions and get as much information as possible.

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

  • 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 urologist.
  • 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 UTUC treatment options page to read about which treatment might be right for you.
  • It is important for you and your urologist to come up with a treatment plan. Be sure to talk to your urologist about ALL of 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?

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

Getting ready for your next appointment

To make sure you’re ready to talk to your urologist, click below for a helpful guide that you can print out and bring to your next appointment.

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 it can be treated. Make sure that you’re comfortable and have as much information as possible before you make a decision about your treatment.

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Still have questions?

Be sure to visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page

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