Urinary Tract Cancer Treatment

Surgery, alone or in combination with other treatments, is used in the majority of cases. Localized cancers may also be treated with irradiation, immunotherapy or chemotherapy directly into the bladder. Urinary tract cancers respond well to chemotherapy and reasonably well to irradiation, but like most cancers, these are most difficult to treat once they have spread to other parts of the body.

PET/CT imaging is a good tool for physicians to use to help determine the precise stage of the cancer, locate distant metastases and to select the best treatment approach.

A PET/CT scan can show where tumor cells are growing, which helps the doctor determine the best course of treatment.

Source: American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2011. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2011