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What is radical nephrectomy?

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The surgery for stage IV renal cell carcinoma is called a radical nephrectomy. A surgeon removes your whole kidney and some of the tissue around it.

If your cancer hasn't spread much farther than your kidney, the procedure might cure you. Even if your cancer has spread, surgery could help you live longer. It can also relieve symptoms like pain and bleeding.

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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