Ureteral cancer care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic urologists have experience diagnosing and treating many cases of ureteral cancer. They draw on their knowledge and expertise to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your goals and needs.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, urologists, oncologists, pathologists and radiologists work as a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care for people with ureteral cancer. Other professionals are included as needed.

Ureteral cancer is uncommon. The experience and training of the professionals at Mayo Clinic ensure your care team is prepared with the knowledge and resources to provide you with exactly the care you need.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that best suits your needs and goals. The range of treatments offered to people with ureteral cancer includes chemotherapy and a variety of surgical procedures.

At Mayo Clinic, surgeons are highly skilled in the latest minimally invasive surgery techniques. Whenever possible, surgeons prefer to use minimally invasive surgery to remove ureteral cancer.

Minimally invasive surgery methods include:

  • Endoscopic surgery. Endoscopic surgery allows certain ureteral cancers to be removed during ureteroscopy. Special surgical tools can be passed through the scope in order to remove the cancer.
  • Laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic surgery involves making several small incisions in your abdomen. Specialized surgical tools, including a camera, are inserted through the incisions and used to perform the surgery.
  • Robotic surgery. Robotic surgery is a type of laparoscopic surgery in which the surgical tools are manipulated by a robot that's controlled by the surgeon. Robotic surgery allows for more-precise movements in tight spaces.

People with ureteral cancer have an increased risk of bladder cancer. Mayo Clinic doctors follow the latest follow-up exam guidelines and have access to advanced diagnostic technology to diagnose bladder cancer. If you develop bladder cancer, Mayo Clinic urologists are highly respected for their expertise in using minimally invasive procedures to treat bladder cancer.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience diagnosing and treating ureteral cancer. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors care for more than 200 people with cancer of the ureter.

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives funding from the National Cancer Institute and is designated as a comprehensive cancer center — a recognition for an institution's scientific excellence in research and multispecialty resources that are focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic urologists are respected for their experience and expertise in diagnosing and treating ureteral cancer. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors care for more than 200 people with ureteral cancer.

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

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives funding from the National Cancer Institute and is designated as a comprehensive cancer center — a recognition for an institution's scientific excellence in research and multispecialty resources that are focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Oct. 06, 2017