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What happens during radical nephrectomy?

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During the procedure, the surgeon makes a cut in your side, back, or belly and removes:

  • Your whole kidney
  • The adrenal gland that's on top of the kidney
  • Some of the fat around the organ
  • Some nearby lymph nodes

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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