The renal pelvis and ureter comprise the "upper urinary tract". The upper tract can host the same cancers as the bladder. Additionally, other renal (kidney) cancers can exist independently. Been there, am there. The upper tract can also be the source of recurring bladder tumors.
Suspicious growths of the upper tract can be biopsied via a ureteroscopy.
Your doc and/or care team are the ones to answer specific questions regarding YOUR care and treatment. Always ask for answers to your questions. Guessing never resolves the questions.
6/2015 HG Papillary & CIS
3 Years and 30 BCG/BCG+Inf
Tis CIS comes back.
BC clear as of 5/17 !
RCC found in my one & only kidney 10/17
Begin Chemo; Cisplatin and Gemzar
8/18 begin Chemo# 3
Begin year 4 with cis
2/19 Chemo #4
9/19 NED again
1/2020 CIS is back
Tried Keytruda, stopped by side effects
Workin on a new plan for 2021
These are totally different procedures done for different reasons. During cystoscopy the urologist passes a small tube with a camera into the bladder. During ureteroscopy where they are usually looking for and removing kidney stones the camera apparatus goes through the bladder and via the ureters into the kidneys. If you were not under anesthesia it would be quite painful and any movement on your part could cause some damage.
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society