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Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer is slightly more common in men and is usually diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 70. The most common kidney cancer is renal cell carcinoma. Fortunately, with early diagnosis and treatment, kidney cancer can be cured. If found early, the survival rate ranges from 79 to 100 percent.

Available treatments at Memorial

Cryoablation

Cryoablation freezes the abnormal cells. This minimally invasive process typically only requires an outpatient stay in the hospital. Learn more about Cryotherapy.

Laparoscopic Nephrectomy

This is the surgical removal of the entire diseased or cancerous kidney by using 3 to 4 small incisions in the abdomen.

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive approach as opposed to the open partial nephrectomy. Your surgeon will help guide you to the right procedure for your individual case.  Learn more about laparoscopic nephrectomy.

Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy

This is the surgical removal of a portion of the kidney that includes the mass or tumor. The robot is used to enhance the vision, movement and precision of the surgeon. Learn more about robot-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy.

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive approach as opposed to the open partial nephrectomy. Your surgeon will help guide you to the right procedure for your individual case.

Open Nephrectomy or Partial Nephrectomy

Some patients that have complicated or large masses need an open, partial or full nephrectomy. This is done by a single incision made from the lower abdomen or from the side where the kidney that will be removed is located. At times, the laparoscopic and robotic cases must be converted to open procedures. his allows clear views of the anatomy. Your surgeon will tell you what is the best procedure for your individual case.