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Is a biopsy needed to diagnose kidney cancer?

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Unlike with many other cancers, your doctor may be pretty certain about a diagnosis of kidney cancer without a biopsy. Sometimes, a biopsy will be done to confirm the diagnosis. The biopsy may also tell the grade of the cancer -- how aggressive the cancer is likely to be. Often the surgeon will simply remove the entire tumor and then have a sample of tissue examined.

From: Understanding Kidney Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Cancer Society: "Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma." National Cancer Institute: "What You Need To Know About Kidney Cancer," "General Information About Renal Cell Cancer." American Urological Association: "Kidney Cancer." Society of Interventional Radiologists: "Interventional Radiology Treatments for Kidney Cancer."



Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

SOURCES: American Cancer Society: "Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma." National Cancer Institute: "What You Need To Know About Kidney Cancer," "General Information About Renal Cell Cancer." American Urological Association: "Kidney Cancer." Society of Interventional Radiologists: "Interventional Radiology Treatments for Kidney Cancer."



Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

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