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Kidney Cancer Treatment and Surgery at Winship

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta, GA offers kidney cancer treatment and surgery for renal cell patients in Georgia and the Southeast. The treatment for renal cell cancer is different depending on the stage of the cancer when it is diagnosed. Treatment usually involves one or a combination of the following.

Surgery for Kidney Cancer
The type of surgery for kidney cancer depends mainly on the stage of the tumor. There are several types of surgery and they differ by how much of the kidney is removed. These types include:

  • Partial nephrectomy: The surgeon removes only the part of the kidney that contains the tumor. Used mainly when patient only has one kidney, when cancer affects both kidneys or tumor is less than 4 cm.
  • Radical nephrectomy: The surgeon removes the entire kidney along with the adrenal gland and some surrounding tissue. Lymph nodes may also be removed.
  • Simple nephrectomy: The surgeon the entire kidney, but does not remove any other tissue.

Radiation for Kidney Cancer
Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to destroy kidney cancer cells. The renal cell cancer patient will undergo treatment as an outpatient procedure at a clinic or hospital.

Radiation treatment for kidney cancer may be done to reduce the size of the tumor before surgery or after surgery to destroy any cancer cells remaining in the area.

Biological and Chemotherapy for Kidney Cancer
Biological therapy can be used for patients with metastatic kidney cancer.

Chemotherapy has shown limited effectiveness against kidney cancer.


Kidney Cancer Treatment and Surgery Questions and Appointments
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