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Kidney Cancer Treatment by Stage

Treatment options for kidney cancer will vary in part based on the stage, or extent, of the disease. This article breaks down kidney cancer treatment by stage of the disease. In general, kidney cancer treatment may include surgery, arterial embolization, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, biological therapy, or a combination of treatments.

Kidney Cancer Treatment by Stage: An Overview

Kidney cancer treatment options vary based on the stage of kidney cancer and the patient's age and general health.

(Click Kidney Cancer Stages for more information about the stages of kidney cancer.)
For purposes of this article, the term "kidney cancer" refers to renal cell carcinoma (also known as renal cell cancer), the most common type of kidney cancer.
(Click Wilms' Tumor Treatment by Stage or Transitional Cell Carcinoma Treatment by Stage for information about treatment options for these less common types of kidney cancer.)
In general, treatment options for kidney cancer may include:


(Click Kidney Cancer Treatment for more information about the treatment of kidney cancer.)

The stages of kidney cancer include:
  • Stage I
  • Stage II
  • Stage III
  • Stage IV
  • Recurrent.
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