Interplay between chronic kidney disease (CKD) and upper tract urothelial carcinomas (UUC): foe or friend?

Yehong Han, Dawei Shou, Liang Wen, Jianguang Shi, Jian Ding, Ping Gong and Weihua Gong _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:53951-53958. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.9753

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Yehong Han1,*, Dawei Shou2,*, Liang Wen2,*, Jianguang Shi3,*, Jian Ding4, Ping Gong5 and Weihua Gong2

1 Department of Surgery, First People’s Hospital of Jiande, Hangzhou City, People’s Republic of China

2 Department of Surgery, Second Affiliated Hospital of School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou City, People’s Republic of China

3 Department of Thoracic Surgery, Ningbo First Hospital, Ningbo City, People’s Republic of China

4 Department of Surgery, Jinan Fourth People’s Hospital, Jinan City, People’s Republic of China

5 Department of Oncology, First Affiliated Hospital of Shihezi University School of Medicine, Shihezi City, People’s Republic of China

* These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Weihua Gong, email:

Ping Gong, email:

Keywords: chronic kidney disease, upper tract urothelial carcinomas, association

Received: April 05, 2016 Accepted: May 23, 2016 Published: May 31, 2016


Although upper tract urothelial carcinomas (UUC) is curable through nephrectomy or nephroureterectomy, progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and CKD-related mortality have been highlighted as clinical challenges in recent years owing to the loss of a large number of nephrons. While CKD can promote the development of UUC, other risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, advanced age, and anemia can facilitate the progression of CKD. Conversely, CKD is especially prevalent in UUC patients. However, the relationship between CKD and UUC, mechanisms for CKD causing UUC, and gender disparity of UUC of CKD patients have so far not been well-reviewed. As UUC gradually grows, the cancer can be a physical obstacle in the urinary tract. It will cause an increased tract pressure, subsequently resulting in the dysfunction of both nephrons and kidney. At the molecular level, reduced level of oxidative stress was observed in female UUC patients. Furthermore, radical nephrectomy therapy for UUC patients accelerates the progress of chronic kidney dysfunction. Incidentally, the remedies for CKD containing aristolochic acid (AA) are carcinogenic. Our present review offers a comprehensive look at the relationship between CKD and UUC from multiple perspectives. Early and precise identification of progression of CKD and UUC will benefit the patients at high-risk of CKD or UUC, which will also be instructive in directing timely and effective therapeutic interventions whenever necessary. It may also shed light on unveiling the underlying mechanisms of carcinogenesis of UUC, preventing CKD progression, and prolonging the patients’ overall survival.

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