Ureter Cancer

Cancer of the ureter and renal pelvis area is rare. That’s why you need urology experts who are experienced in treating this type of cancer.

No one has more experience in New Jersey performing robotic procedures for ureter and renal pelvis cancers. We specialize in ureter cancer treatment that is 100% minimally invasive and preserves your kidney and your quality of life.

What is Ureter Cancer?

Cancer of the ureter occurs in the tubes that carry urine from the kidney to the bladder. This rare type of cancer can occur in the lining of the ureter along with renal pelvis cancer, cancer in the lining where urine collects in the kidney.

Who Should See a Ureter Cancer Specialist

Ureter and/or renal pelvis cancer is a rare and complicated disease. You should seek the care of a urologist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Blood in your urine
  • Burning and pain during urination
  • Urgent, frequent urination
  • Crampy pain in your side or lower abdomen

Diagnosing Ureter Cancer

Our urologists will conduct a thorough exam using the latest tools and techniques to diagnose your condition. Your exam may include:

  • 3D CT 
  • MRI 
  • Urine analysis 
  • Digital ureteroscopy – a small, flexible tube used to view the cancer and remove tissue samples for biopsy. This enhanced technology has greatly improved cancer detection.

Surgery for Ureter Cancer

Our surgeons are highly experienced in robotic and minimally invasive surgeries for ureter cancer. Surgery is performed through as few as one small incision using surgical instruments and a sophisticated 3D camera. For noninvasive ureter cancer, we perform segmental ureterectomy to remove the cancer and leave the kidney and ureter in place.

 More About Single-Port Robotic Urology Surgery 

Treating Ureter Cancer

Our urologists collaborate with specialists across John Theurer Cancer Center to preserve the kidney whenever possible by using state-of-the-art treatment methods, including:

  • Holmium laser to destroy cancer cells
  • Medication such as Mytogel and Gemcitabine installed through a catheter into the kidney, ureter or bladder to treat cancer and prevent recurrence
  • Advanced chemotherapy to shrink tumors prior to surgery

Our Research and Clinical Trials 

A hallmark of the care we provide is access to a wide range of clinical trials evaluating exciting new treatments, including studies not available elsewhere. 

We have a particularly strong program committed to Phase I clinical trials, the earliest phase of assessment of a new therapy in patients. For urologic cancers, we are evaluating particularly novel biological agents as well as immunotherapy options that are changing the field. This offers our patients an opportunity to participate in a clinical trial, bringing the options of tomorrow today. Learn more about clinical trials for urologic cancers.

Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Urology Care


Hackensack University Medical Center has been ranked the #1 Urology Department in New Jersey for eight years in a row by U.S. News & World Report and have the only urology department in New Jersey that is nationally ranked.

Awards & Accreditations | Urology Year in Review


Our urologists present their clinical research at national conferences and have published over a dozen original studies in peer reviewed journals in a variety of subspecialties. 


Patient Experience

We collaborate with physicians throughout our world class health network and partner with Magnet® recognized nurses to provide patients with the most advanced and compassionate care. 

Why Choose John Theurer Cancer Center for Ureter Cancer Treatment


Our urologists are nationally recognized as high performing within several urology subspecialties. Hackensack University Medical Center has been ranked the #1 Urology Department in New Jersey for six years in a row by U.S. News & World Report and is the only urology department in New Jersey that is nationally ranked. Awards & Accreditations | 2020 in Review

Robotic Surgery Experience:
Our surgeons were among the first in the tri-state area to perform minimally invasive robotic bladder removal surgery. Today we continue to perform the highest volume.

Our Doctors

Our award winning team of renowned surgeons, physicians, researchers and other health care specialists are able to provide you with exceptional urological expertise, advancements and cutting-edge technology to develop a highly- personalized plan for each and every one of our patients.

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