Your Winship care team draws on Emory's vast resources in surgical oncology, radiation therapy and medical oncology to provide the newest, most effective practices and treatments for kidney or renal cancer.
Our multidisciplinary care teams include oncology surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists and advanced practice nurses with expertise in kidney cancer and genitourinary cancers. As specialists, our teams develop groundbreaking surgeries and treatments that produce better outcomes and are adopted by other leading cancer centers.
The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:
- Access to doctors and surgeons who rank among the top cancer experts in the world.
- Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
- Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
- Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
- Access to support groups and education classes for you and your caregivers.
- Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.
- Physical exam and patient history
- Blood test: levels of certain substances in the blood are measured for signs of kidney cancer.
- Urinalysis: tests the color and content of urine including sugar, protein, red and white blood cells.
- Biopsy: a collection of cells that can be viewed by a pathologist to diagnose cancer. For renal cell cancer, a thin needle is inserted into the tumor and a sample of tissue is withdrawn.
Imaging techniques include CT scan, MRI, Ultrasound and X-ray.
One or more of the following types of treatment will be used.
Surgery: There are several types of surgery for kidney cancer. Depending on the stage of the tumor, your care team may select one of the following:
- Partial nephrectomy: the surgeon removes only the part of the kidney that contains the tumor. Used mainly when a patient only has one kidney, when cancer affects both kidneys or when the tumor is less than four centimeters.
- 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 removes the entire kidney, but no other tissue.
Watch the video to learn how our urology team helped kidney cancer patient, Michael Golden.
Radiation: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells. Radiation treatment may be used to reduce the size of the tumor before surgery or after surgery to destroy any cancer cells remaining in the area.
Immunotherapy: This type of biological therapy uses your body's immune system to recognize and to enhance its ability to tackle cancer cells. This treatment may be used for patients with metastatic kidney cancer.
Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. It has shown limited effectiveness against kidney cancer.
In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselors, nurse navigators, dietitians and social service professionals.
We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Learn what to expect on your first visit.
Your Treatment Team
- Physician Diagnosticians
- Nurse Navigators
- Adv Practice
- Support Services
- Clinical Trials
- As part of the genitourinary oncology team, Dr. Carthon treats patients with prostate, bladder, and renal cancers and other genitourinary malignancies.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-1900
- Board certified in clinical and anatomic pathology, Dr. Ellis specializes in urologic pathology (genitourinary) and non-neoplastic renal pathology.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 712-5947
- Dr. Ermentrout is a board certified interventional radiologist with a clinical practice encompassing the full spectrum of minimally invasive vascular and non-vascular interventional radiology procedures.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 712-7033
- Dr. Issa's clinical and research interests include urological oncology, stones, endourology, minimally invasive surgery, clinical outcomes, and healthcare economics and operational strategies.
- Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-4898
- Dr. Patel specializes in the treatment of genitourinary and gastrointestinal malignancies as well as the use of high-dose rate brachytherapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy and proton therapy.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine; Director, Residency Program, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-3473