KIDNEY CANCER: SURGICAL TREATMENTS
Surgical treatment: nephrectomy
Surgery is the most common treatment for kidney cancer. Nephrectomy is a surgical procedure that consists in removing all or part of the kidney. The extent of the surgery depends on the stage and localisation of the kidney tumour.
Palliative surgical treatment
Surgery can also be used as a palliative treatment for advanced stage kidney cancer. Palliative surgery relieves the patient’s pain.
Ablation of a kidney tumour is a rather rare surgical treatment for kidney cancer.
KIDNEY CANCER: DRUG-BASED TREATMENTS
Why use a targeted treatment?
Drug-based treatments target the cancer cells. This treatment has the advantage of preserving the healthy cells.
Nature of the targeted treatment
The drug targets the proteins in the tumour cells in the kidney. This action prevents the growth and propagation of the cancer.
OTHER TREATMENTS FOR KIDNEY CANCER
Embolisation of the artery blocks the flow of blood into the kidney tumour. When there is no flow of blood, the tumour cells are unable to develop.
Immunotherapy is a treatment for kidney cancer. It stimulates the patient’s immune system, allowing it to destroy the tumour cells.
New treatments: the objective of clinical trials
Clinical trials are in progress throughout the world to find other treatments for kidney cancer.
Last updated: 13/03/2017