Cancer of the ureter is an uncommon cancer that begins in the cells that line the inside of the muscular tubes (ureters) that connect the kidneys to the urinary bladder. This type of cancer can occur in older adults or individuals who have been previously treated for bladder cancer. Treatment for urethral cancer involves surgery or in some cases, chemotherapy.



The most common signs and symptoms of cancer of the ureter are:

  • Back pain
  • Tiredness
  • Bloody or dark colored urine
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain on one side of both sides of the body
  • Weight loss



Although uncommon, cancer can grow in the urinary tract. The causes for cancer in the ureter are unknown; however, irritation of the kidney from harmful matter removed in the urine may be a possible trigger. This irritation may be caused by:

  • Damage to the kidney
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Exposure to tobacco smoke



Complications of a developing cancer of the ureter may include:

  • Kidney failure
  • Spreading of the cancer
  • Local spreading of the tumor



A few simple actions that can help prevent developing cancer of the ureter are:

  • Stop smoking
  • Wear protective gear during exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Follow health care provider’s advice regarding medications