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Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica 2016 August;68(4):372-80

language: English

Optimizing oncologic outcomes in upper tract urothelial carcinoma

Ryan C. HUTCHINSON, Vitaly MARGULIS

Department of Urology, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA


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Upper tract urothelial carcinoma is a disease with rapidly changing management. Though rare, recent multi-institutional collaborations have allowed for study of its biology and treatment outcomes in greater detail than ever before. In coming years physicians treating ureteral cancers will have an expanded armamentarium of treatment options and better data on which to base treatment decisions. Currently there is exciting work underway both in terms of developmental therapies, including neoadjuvant chemotherapy, as well as improved prognostics allowing for better utilization of nephron-sparing approaches where applicable. We present a review of current management techniques and the data on which to base management choices for surgeons treating upper tract urothelial carcinoma. The ultimate goal is improving outcomes for patients; with recent developments and current work in the field, there is reason to be optimistic for the future in this rare, challenging disease.

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