Treatments for Kidney Cancer You Should Know About
If you have been diagnosed with kidney cancer, your doctor will discuss the best options to treat it. Your treatment plan will depend on the cancer stage and your overall health.
Other considerations are side effects, the probability of your being cured, relieving symptoms, life quality and extension of life.
Kidney cancer is often treated with surgery, ablation, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of these therapies.
Kidney cancer surgery is a standard procedure for patients. There are two types of surgical options available to patients.
Radical nephrectomy involves removing the affected kidney, healthy border of the kidney, and neighboring lymph nodes. Sometimes, adrenal gland removal is included.
A radical nephrectomy either involves open surgery or a laparoscopic surgery, using several small cuts to insert a tiny video camera and surgical tools. It can also be done robotically, where the doctor guides a robot to maneuver surgical tools and perform the surgery.