Contemporary Evaluation and Management of Upper Tract Urothelial Cancer

Radical nephroureterectomy with en bloc bladder cuff excision and regional lymphadenectomy is the gold standard for the management of high-grade and high-risk upper tract urothelial carcinomas (UTUC).

There are few prospective randomized controlled studies in this uncommon and often aggressive disease to support level-1 management guidelines. However, recent developments in imaging, minimally invasive techniques, lymphatic dissemination, and bladder cancer prevention raise the hope for improved risk stratification and treatments without compromising, and hopefully improving, oncological outcomes. Multi-modality approaches in terms of neoadjuvant, adjuvant topical and systemic chemotherapeutic regimens are promising, with 2 prospective trials either open or in development.

Urology. 2016 Feb 02 [Epub ahead of print]

Rao S Mandalapu, Surena F Matin

Department of Urology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. , Department of Urology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.

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