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How can I treat kidney cancer?
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Hiten Patel
Urology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Surgery or ChemoRad
The most common treatment for kidney cancer that has not spread is surgery to remove the kidney (a nephrectomy).
If the tumor is small enough, it could be done by removing part of the kidney to preserve some kidney function on that side (a partial nephrectomy). These surgeries can be done open, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted laparoscopic. Cancers that have spread require chemo and/or radiation.

In brief: Surgery or ChemoRad
The most common treatment for kidney cancer that has not spread is surgery to remove the kidney (a nephrectomy).
If the tumor is small enough, it could be done by removing part of the kidney to preserve some kidney function on that side (a partial nephrectomy). These surgeries can be done open, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted laparoscopic. Cancers that have spread require chemo and/or radiation.
Hiten Patel
Hiten Patel
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Hiten Patel
Urology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Surgery or ChemoRad
The most common treatment for kidney cancer that has not spread is surgery to remove the kidney (a nephrectomy).
If the tumor is small enough, it could be done by removing part of the kidney to preserve some kidney function on that side (a partial nephrectomy). These surgeries can be done open, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted laparoscopic. Cancers that have spread require chemo and/or radiation.

In brief: Surgery or ChemoRad
The most common treatment for kidney cancer that has not spread is surgery to remove the kidney (a nephrectomy).
If the tumor is small enough, it could be done by removing part of the kidney to preserve some kidney function on that side (a partial nephrectomy). These surgeries can be done open, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted laparoscopic. Cancers that have spread require chemo and/or radiation.
Hiten Patel
Hiten Patel
Answer assisted by Hiten Patel, Medical Student
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Typically surgery
Kidney cancer is primarily treated with surgery if the cancer is confined to the kidney.
Depending on the size/location of the tumor, partial removal (called partial nephrectomy) of just the tumor portion of the kidney is recommended. The majority is treated minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopic/robotic-assisted surgery. Cancer spread from kidney may be treated with chemotherapy.

In brief: Typically surgery
Kidney cancer is primarily treated with surgery if the cancer is confined to the kidney.
Depending on the size/location of the tumor, partial removal (called partial nephrectomy) of just the tumor portion of the kidney is recommended. The majority is treated minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopic/robotic-assisted surgery. Cancer spread from kidney may be treated with chemotherapy.
Dr. Matthew Thom
Dr. Matthew Thom
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Oncologist&urologist
If the cancer is contained in the kidney and no other problems that prevent surgery to be done- surgery is the best treatment -either partial or total nephrectomy ( depend on size/location).
If the cancer has spread - oral targeted/systemic therapy will be the standard of care- i.e. Sunitinib/pazopanib etc. Debulking surgery sometimes is also done-in certain metastatic setting. See your doctor.

In brief: Oncologist&urologist
If the cancer is contained in the kidney and no other problems that prevent surgery to be done- surgery is the best treatment -either partial or total nephrectomy ( depend on size/location).
If the cancer has spread - oral targeted/systemic therapy will be the standard of care- i.e. Sunitinib/pazopanib etc. Debulking surgery sometimes is also done-in certain metastatic setting. See your doctor.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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