Why choose Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


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  • Expertise and experience. Cancer of the ureter is rare, and Mayo Clinic specialists have the experience and expertise you need to detect, accurately diagnose and treat this type of cancer.
  • Advanced technology. Mayo Clinic experts developed diagnostic methods to more accurately detect urothelial cancer and pioneered the use of endoscopic procedures for diagnosis. Mayo surgeons are experts in performing minimally invasive surgical techniques that preserve urinary organs and function.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, recognizing scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked high performing for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

In the early stages, cancer of the ureter often has no warning signs or symptoms. The first warning sign may be blood in the urine (hematuria). Other symptoms can include pain in the space between the ribs and hip (flank), extreme tiredness, weight loss for no reason, or pain or frequent urination. Because these symptoms can also result from more common conditions, expertise in diagnosing cancer of the ureter is vital.

Examples of risk factors for cancer of the ureter include misuse of pain medication for a long time, tobacco use, long-term industrial chemical exposure, or chronic or repeated urinary infections or inflammation.

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At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

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