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What do you need to know about surgery for kidney cancer?

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Surgery is the main treatment for most types of kidney cancer. It's the first thing doctors recommend if the tumor hasn’t grown outside of the kidney. But it can still be an option if your cancer has spread to other parts of your body.

Talk to your doctor about all of your treatment options. Learn the benefits -- and risks -- of surgery so you can decide if it’s right for you.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Surgery for Kidney Cancer," "Treatment Choices by Stage for Kidney Cancer."

Kidney Cancer Association: "Surgery for Kidney Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "Nephrectomy: What you can expect," "Nephrectomy: Results."

National Kidney Foundation: "Nephrectomy."

University of California, Los Angeles: "Radical Nephrectomy."

University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Stage IV Renal Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Surgery for Kidney Cancer," "Treatment Choices by Stage for Kidney Cancer."

Kidney Cancer Association: "Surgery for Kidney Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "Nephrectomy: What you can expect," "Nephrectomy: Results."

National Kidney Foundation: "Nephrectomy."

University of California, Los Angeles: "Radical Nephrectomy."

University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Stage IV Renal Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 11, 2017

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