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What is arterial embolization for metastatic renal cell carcinoma?

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This procedure can relieve symptoms like pain and bleeding.

The surgeon places small pieces of a special gelatin sponge or other material into the main blood vessel that goes to your kidney. These pieces block blood flow to the organ. Without enough blood, the cancer will shrink.

Your doctor may want to do an arterial embolization before you have a radical nephrectomy. Shrinking the tumor can make it easier to do the surgery.

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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