Five-Year Survival Rates
(from the National Cancer Institute's Physician Data Query system, July, 2002)
Prognosis and survival correlate with cell type: clear cell tumors have the best prognosis.
Prognosis is directly related to stage at diagnosis.
Subsequent bladder cancer after treatment for renal pelvis or ureteral cancer occurs in 30-50% of cases.
|Stage I||70% (AUS Stage I)|
|Stage II||70% (AUS Stage I)|
|Stage III (T3a N0)||55% (AUS Stage II)|
|Stage III (T3b N0)||30% (AUS Stage III)|
|Stage IV||5% (AUS Stage IV)|
|Localized, low grade, no invasion beyond lamina propria||100%|
|Localized, grade I-III, without subepithelial invasion||80%|
|Localized, high grade with infiltration of pelvic wall||20-30%|
|Regional, extension beyond renal pelvis||5%|
Survival rates for carcinoma of the ureter are about 10-20% lower than for comparable stages of tumors in the renal pelvis.