What is Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter?
Renal transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), Transitional cell cancer of the renal pelvis and ureter is cancer that arises from the transitional epithelial cells of the urinary tract. It is the most common cancer of the renal pelvis.
There is no well-known cause, however, certain hereditary or genetic mutations are considered responsible for the development of renal transitional cell carcinoma. Cigarette smoking, kidney stones, Urinary bladder stones, chronic bacterial infection, and unnecessary use of pain relievers are risk factors for developing transitional cell carcinoma of the renal pelvis and ureter.
Transitional cell carcinoma of the renal pelvis and ureter most often develops in people aged 60-70 years. It is more common in men than in women, the incidence in men is 2 times higher than in women. It is more common in people of African American origin.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- It is usually asymptomatic and is found incidentally in most patients.
- However, in symptomatic cases, the patient may suffer from the presence of blood in the urine, pain in the pelvic region.
The following diagnostic techniques and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- Blood tests such as Complete blood count (CBC)
- Urine complete examination (Urine test)
- Diagnostic imaging techniques such as USG, CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan can be used to detect the site, size, and extent of the tumour.
- Tumour biopsy
Surgical excision (surgical removal of the tumour along with the removal of some surrounding tissues) and Chemotherapy is the main treatment option.
What Support can we Give for Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter?
Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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