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Kidney cancer

The information on this page was reviewed and approved by
Maurie Markman, MD, President, Medicine & Science at CTCA.

This page was updated on September 3, 2021.

Kidney cancer requires expert care. Our oncologists are here to help.

Kidney cancer is among the 10 most common cancers in the United States. And yet many symptoms, such as blood in the urine, fatigue or unexplained weight loss, may be overlooked or dismissed as side effects of less serious illnesses. That is why an accurate and timely diagnosis is important. If you or your loved one has received a kidney cancer diagnosis, the cancer experts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) will take the time to develop a personalized treatment plan designed to meet your needs.

The oncologists at CTCA® have extensive experience in diagnosing and staging kidney cancer and developing a comprehensive treatment plan that also helps each patient address related side effects. Our cancer hospitals offer an array of options for treating the disease, such as robotic surgery, laparoscopic nephrectomy, targeted therapy and other and evidence-informed approaches.

What you should know after a kidney cancer diagnosis

Treatment options

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Surgery is the first line of treatment for kidney cancer. Other treatments, such as targeted therapy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, may also be recommended, either alone or in combination. You may also be a candidate for immunotherapy. Your multidisciplinary team of cancer experts will answer your questions and recommend treatment options based on your unique diagnosis and needs. Common treatments for kidney cancer include:

Immunotherapy drugs are designed to allow the immune system to better recognize and attack cancer cells.

Surgery may be recommended to treat early-stage cancer, or it may be used in combination with other forms of treatment for more advanced-stage disease.

Our gastroenterology team treats disorders of the digestive system, playing an important role in diagnosing and treating kidney cancer.

If chemotherapy is recommended for your specific type of cancer, your care team will create a chemotherapy regimen tailored to your needs.

Interventional radiology
Interventional radiology allows doctors to visualize tumors in the kidneys and perform real-time image-guided interventional procedures.

Targeted therapy
Targeted therapy drugs may be recommended for certain kidney cancer patients when surgery is not an option and when a tumor shows specific genetic features.

Learn more about treatments for kidney cancer

Supportive care

At CTCA, we understand that managing the side effects of cancer treatment present additional challenges. In addition to treating your kidney cancer with evidence-based conventional medicine, your team of experts will offer supportive care therapies designed to help you maintain your quality of life throughout treatment. These therapies may include:


​Nutritional support

Every patient has the option of meeting with a registered dietitian.


​Pain management

Pain management is a branch of medicine focused on reducing pain and improving quality of life through an integrative approach to care.


​Oncology rehabilitation

​Oncology rehabilitation includes a wide range of therapies designed to help you build strength and endurance.

Rozanne Waling

Roxanne W.

Pancreatic Cancer

"The treatments were difficult to get through at times. My hands became numb and I had very painful mouth sores that lasted throughout chemotherapy. After the six hours of chemotherapy infusion, there were times when I could not make it to my room unassisted. But the truth is, I never had to make it to my room unassisted. There was always someone there to help. My care team did their best to help reduce the pain of the mouth sores and to provide comfort in whatever way they could."


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