Kidney Cancer

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for kidney cancer treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your well-being.

As a patient with kidney or renal cell cancer, your best long-term outcome will be achieved with a comprehensive, coordinated approach that incorporates the most up-to-date therapies.

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 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.

There are various imaging and diagnostic tests that are used to detect and diagnose renal cell carcinoma, the most common type of kidney cancer, and other types of kidney cancer.

Diagnostic techniques:

  • 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 For renal cell cancer, a thin needle is inserted into the tumor and a sample of tissue is withdrawn.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.

For reliable, in-depth information about cancer symptoms, staging and diagnosis, visit CancerQuest, an educational and outreach program at Emory University. 

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Your individualized treatment plan will take into account the stage of your disease.

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.

Chemotherapy: chemotherapy has shown limited effectiveness against kidney cancer.

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. Learn more about radiation therapy treatments and services.

Biological therapy: may be used for patients with metastatic 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 counselorsnurse navigatorsdietitians and social service professionals.

 Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship. Through these trials, you may have access to treatments that are not widely available.

Learn More About Clinical Trials

If you have been diagnosed with kidney cancer, we are ready to help you. Call us at 1 (888) 946-7447 or (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. Winship experts are available to provide a second opinion.

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.

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Mehrdad Alemozaffar MD

  • Urologist
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Mehrdad Alemozaffar MD

Mehrdad Alemozaffar MD

  • Dr. Alemozaffar specializes in the treatment of cancers involving the bladder, kidney, adrenal gland, prostate, testes and penis.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW
Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW

Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW

  • At Winship, Ms. Arnold works with patients affected by genitourinary cancers, gastrointestinal cancers, sarcoma and aerodigestive cancers.
  • Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Wendy Baer MD

  • Oncology Psychiatrist
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Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

  • Dr. Baer helps patients and their families deal with the stress of receiving a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
  • Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD
Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

  • Radiologist
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                                 Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR
Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

Russell Brown LMSW

  • Social Worker
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Russell Brown LMSW

Russell Brown LMSW

  • Mr. Brown works with gastrointestinal, genitourinary, breast cancer, brain cancer, gynecological, aerodigestive, and sarcoma patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • (404) 686-5191

Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

  • 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

Hark C. Chang MD

  • Urologist
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Hark C. Chang MD

Hark C. Chang MD

  • As part of the urology team, Dr. Chang sees new patients to carry out the initial diagnostic work up for all genitourinary cancers.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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Kimberly A. Curseen MD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.
  • Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-6448

Fabienne Ehivet MS, CGC

  • Genetic Counselor
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Fabienne Ehivet MS, CGC

Fabienne Ehivet MS, CGC

Carla L. Ellis MD, MS

  • Pathologist
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Carla L. Ellis MD, MS

Carla L. Ellis MD, MS

  • 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

Christopher Filson MD, MS

  • Urologist
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Christopher Filson MD, MS

Christopher Filson MD, MS

Joan Giblin NP

  • Survivorship Program
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Joan Giblin NP

Joan Giblin NP

  • An experienced nurse practitioner specialist with extensive patient care involvement, Ms. Giblin facilitates continued good health and quality of life for cancer survivors.
  • Survivorship Program Director, Winship Cancer Institute
  • (404) 778-1900

Wayne B. Harris MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Wayne B. Harris MD

Wayne B. Harris MD

  • Dr. Harris is a pioneer in the development of clinical applications based on interactions between the immune system and cancers of the genitourinary system.
  • Assistant Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • (404) 778-1900

Muta M. Issa MD, FACS, MBA

  • Urologist
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Muta M. Issa MD, FACS, MBA

Muta M. Issa MD, FACS, MBA

  • 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

Ashesh Jani MD, MSEE

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Ashesh Jani MD, MSEE

Ashesh Jani MD, MSEE

  • Dr. Jani specializes in the treatment of prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular and urethra cancer.
  • Director, Residency Program, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

Darren Kies MD

  • Interventional Radiologist
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Darren Kies MD

Darren Kies MD

  • A board certified radiologist, Dr. Kies' clinical interests involve both diagnostic and therapeutic image guided interventions with a focus on interventional oncology.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Omer Kucuk MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Omer Kucuk MD

Omer Kucuk MD

  • A medical oncologist with a major interest in nutrition and cancer prevention, Dr. Kucuk mainly treats patients with prostate, bladder and kidney cancer.
  • Chief, Genitourinary Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory
  • (404) 778-1900

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Colleen Lewis NP
Colleen Lewis NP

Colleen Lewis NP

Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

  • Urologist
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Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

  • Dr. Master is a renowned national expert in the surgical treatment of kidney cancer particularly a complex variety that extends into the main blood vessels and the heart.
  • Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Melvin R. Moore MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Melvin R. Moore MD

Melvin R. Moore MD

  • Dr. Moore treats head and neck, lung and genitourinary cancer patients at Grady Memorial Hospital.
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Capraro Mosby RN

  • Nurse Navigator
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Capraro Mosby RN

Capraro Mosby RN

Peter Nieh MD

  • Urologist
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                                 Peter Nieh MD
Peter Nieh MD

Peter Nieh MD

Kenneth Ogan MD

  • Urologist
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                                 Kenneth Ogan MD
Kenneth Ogan MD

Kenneth Ogan MD

Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD

  • Pathologist
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Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD

Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD

  • Dr. Osunkoya is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in urologic pathology.
  • Director, Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5867

Kim Palmer

  • Chaplain
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Kim Palmer

Kim Palmer

  • Ms. Palmer provides spiritual care to patients, families, and staff in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • Chaplain, Emory University Hospital
  • (404) 712-7200

Pretesh Patel MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Pretesh Patel MD

Pretesh Patel MD

  • Dr. Patel specializes in the treatment of genitourinary and gynecological malignancies as well as the use of high-dose rate brachytherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

  • Urologist
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John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • At Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Ms. Perlmutter works with patients of all cancer types providing resource referrals and counseling services.
  • Social Worker, Outpatient Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7826

Joseph Pfeffer LMSW

  • Social Worker
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Joseph Pfeffer LMSW

Joseph Pfeffer LMSW

  • Mr. Pfeffer works with the genitourinary and gastrointestinal patients at Winship Cancer Institute.
  • Social Worker, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5976

Jay Shelton MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Jay Shelton MD

Jay Shelton MD

  • Located at Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady, Dr. Shelton treats lung and genitourinary cancer patients.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 616-6343

Vinita Singh MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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Vinita Singh MD

Vinita Singh MD

  • Dr. Singh collaborates with oncologists to provide state-of-the-art therapies to cancer patients suffering from pain symptoms.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Emily Walters RD, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Emily  Walters RD, LD
Emily Walters RD, LD

Emily Walters RD, LD

  • Ms. Walters offers personalized nutrition advice to cancer patients treated at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital.
  • Registered Dietitian, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7115

Roger S. Williams DO

  • Interventional Radiologist
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Roger S. Williams DO

Roger S. Williams DO

  • Dr. Williams is a board certified radiologist with a certificate of Added Qualification in Interventional Radiology. He is part of a multi-disciplinary team of medical, surgical and radiation oncologists who develop specialized treatment plans for each patient.
  • Interim Director, Interventional Radiology and Image-Guided Medicine, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • (404) 778-1900
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