Bladder Cancer Briefs June 21, 2023

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What is Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma (UTUC)?

The upper urinary tract includes the renal pelvis, calyces, and ureters, which are structures located above the bladder. Typically, urothelial cancer originates in the bladder, so it is commonly referred to as bladder cancer. However, in around 5-7% of cases, the cancer can specifically affect the renal pelvis and calyces, which are part of the kidney’s inner lining. But what does all this mean?

Our web site helps explain UTUC, including educational materials to help patients and loved ones better understand the disease. We also offer a short, animated video explaining what UTUC is, another video detailing different treatments, along with a webinar, Understanding Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma.

We invite you to peruse our resources by clicking the button below.

Resources for Patients and Families

For individuals seeking information about treatment options, clinical trials, and bladder cancer resources tailored to specific types of bladder cancer including UTUC, BCAN’s treatment matrix is an excellent resource to explore. By using BCAN’s treatment matrix, you can access valuable insights on relevant clinical trials, targeted treatment choices, and other pertinent resources available in your state.