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Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma
As the entire world continues to battle the COVID-19 virus, current research endeavors in so many different areas have inevitably slowed but fortunately, progress in pushing forward completed research provides hope for patients. This quote from the FDA website reinforces this commitment:
Sam S. Chang, MD, MBA, Patricia and Rodes Hart Endowed Professor of Urologic Surgery and Oncology, is the Oncology Fellowship Director and Vice-Chair of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His clinical practice focuses on urologic oncology and he has led numerous guideline panels in prostate, bladder and kidney cancer and formerly chaired the American Joint Committee on Cancer GU Staging Task Force. Author of more than 275 articles and recipient of multiple awards such as the SUO’s first-ever Distinguished Service Award, a CaPCURE Prostate Cancer Young Investigator Award, multiple Journal of Urology Best Reviewer, and the AUA Gold Cystoscope Award, he currently serves as Assistant Secretary of the AUA.
Upper tract urothelial carcinoma, which may affect the renal pelvis or ureter, is a relatively rare disease, accounting for less than 10% of all urothelial carcinomas. In parallel to how we view urothelial carcinoma of the bladder, the risk of recurrence and progression from upper tract urothelial carcinoma depends on tumor grade and stage.Read More
Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma Today: 2019
Upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) comprises 5% to 10% of urothelial carcinomas, is distinct from bladder cancer, and often carries a worse prognosis — roughly 60% of patients present with invasive disease. Until recently, the relative rarity of UTUC and difficulties with accurate pre-operative staging impeded clinical trials and therapeutic progress.