Kidney Cancer Treatment Options
Once the Advanced Urology team has confirmed a kidney cancer diagnosis, we work closely with your to create a treatment plan that meets your specific needs and preferences.
Kidney Cancer Treatment Plan
Your kidney cancer treatment may include one or more of the following options:
Nephrectomy refers to a surgery performed to remove the cancerous kidney. Our team performs this procedure laparoscopically (or minimally invasively), accessing the affected kidney through several small incisions in the abdomen, instead of one large incision in the side. Benefits of this procedure (over a traditional nephrectomy) may include lessened blood loss, shorter hospital stay, and faster recovery time.
Robotic Partial Nephrectomy
In this minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon uses robotic assistance to remove only the affected portion of the kidney, preserving the healthy tissue. Robotic surgery offers less pain, less blood loss, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay and a faster return to activity.
In addition to highly advanced robotic techniques, Advanced Urology surgeons use Firefly™ fluorescence, an imaging system that utilizes tracer dye, to offer unmatched visualization of the kidney during surgery. This added imaging gives surgeons a much more detailed picture of kidney blood flow as well as clear distinction between cancerous and non-cancerous tissue. The additional information helps spare more kidney tissue, remove larger tumors with less invasion and ensure proper kidney function.
Cryotherapy (or cryoablation) is a procedure in which one or more fine needles are inserted into the tumor. Gas (liquid nitrogen or argon gas) is placed inside the tumor, freezing it to less than 100 degrees Celsius. This freezing process kills the tumor. Cryotherapy usually is performed on those with small tumors that are easily accessible.
Immunotherapy and Surgery
Investigational studies are showing that some kidney cancers that have spread into other areas of the body my respond to immunotherapy, a treatment that stimulate’s your body’s immune system to fight tumors. If your urologist determines that this systemic therapy may be beneficial, he will work closely with your oncologist to develop the appropriate level and mix of medication.