Chemotherapy for ureter and renal pelvis cancer

Chemotherapy may be given to reduce risk of cancer coming back after surgery, or as the main treatment for cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.

What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells.

Chemotherapy may be given to reduce risk of cancer coming back after surgery, or as the main treatment for cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.

Having chemotherapy for ureter and renal pelvis cancer

You are usually given a combination of 2 or more chemotherapy drugs into a vein (intravenously). The most commonly used treatments are:

  • GemCis (gemcitabine and cisplatin)
  • GemCarbo (gemcitabine and carboplatin)
  • MVAC (methotrexate, vinblastine, doxorubicin and cisplatin).

Rarely, chemotherapy is given directly into the ureter. This may be done after laser treatment or after some types of surgery.

Side effects of chemotherapy for ureter and renal pelvis cancer

Chemotherapy can cause side effects, but they can often be well controlled with medicines. Your cancer doctor or specialist nurse will explain what to expect. Let them know about any side effects you have. There are different ways to manage or treat side effects. Most side effects will go away once your treatment has finished.

We have more information about coping with the side effects of chemotherapy and about different chemotherapy drugs.