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Kidney Cancer Treatment by Stage

Treatment Options for Stage I Kidney Cancer

Treatment of stage I kidney cancer may include:
 
  • Surgery (radical nephrectomy, simple nephrectomy, or partial nephrectomy)
 
  • Radiation therapy as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms in patients who cannot have surgery
 
  • Arterial embolization as palliative therapy.
 

Treatment Options for Stage II Kidney Cancer

Treatment of stage II kidney cancer may include:
 
  • Surgery (radical nephrectomy or partial nephrectomy)
 
  • Surgery (nephrectomy), before or after radiation therapy
 
  • Radiation therapy as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms in patients who cannot have surgery
 
  • Arterial embolization as palliative therapy.
 

Treatment Options for Stage III Kidney Cancer

Treatment of stage III kidney cancer may include:
 
  • Surgery (radical nephrectomy). Blood vessels of the kidney and some lymph nodes may also be removed.
 
  • Arterial embolization followed by surgery (radical nephrectomy).
 
  • Radiation therapy as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life.
 
  • Arterial embolization as palliative therapy.
 
  • Surgery (nephrectomy) as palliative therapy.
 
  • Radiation therapy before or after surgery (radical nephrectomy).
 
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