The urinary system includes two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder, two sphincter muscles, and the urethra. Waste products from the blood are filtered by the kidneys and added to urine that the kidneys produce where they are dissolved and moved with the urine to the ureters, which are tubes that connect the kidney to the bladder.
Sometimes waste byproducts in the urine do not dissolve completely and develop from microscopic particles or crystals into kidney stones over time. Stones that move down into the ureter, get stuck in the passage, and cause excruciating pain are referred to as ureteric stones. Cancerous (malignant) cells can develop in the lining of the kidney’s tubules and grow into a mass called a tumor, which is known as renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the most common form of kidney cancer. At Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona, we specialize in the field of urogynecology and believe that early detection and diagnosis of these and other female urological problems, such as those listed below are important in providing patients with effective treatment options.
The goal of both non-surgical and surgical kidney stone treatments at Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona is to remove the stones, prevent infection, and prevent recurrence. Treatment for kidney cancer in women depends on the type and stage of the disease. Nephrectomy (surgical removal of a kidney) is the treatment of choice for localized renal cell carcinoma, whereas the treatment for metastatic renal cell carcinoma consists of targeted therapies, such as torisel, nexavar, and sutent, the use of immunotherapy including interferon and interleukin-2, and in some cases, nephrectomy. Depending on your female urological problems or urogynecology condition, Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona can offer you a variety of treatment options to provide symptomatic relief and a better quality of life.