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Genitourinary Cancer
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Treatment options

Options: when kidney cancer is confined to the kidney


The mainstay of treatment for patients with kidney cancer is with surgery. This may involve partial or complete removal of the kidney. It may also be done laparoscopically (keyhole surgery).

For patients with advanced kidney or cancer that has spread (metastasized), surgery is still offered to patients. This could involve removal of the affected kidney, to removal of surrounding organs that are involved with kidney cancer, even if the cancer extends to the heart vessels.

Our broad team of surgical specialties at our, including general surgery, liver, pancreatic, vascular and cardiac surgery, allows our urologic oncology surgeons to provide the best and comprehensive surgical care.

Medical therapy

Drug therapy for kidney cancer has revolutionalized how we treat patients with advanced and metastatic disease.