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There are many treatment options for kidney cancer, including surgery, arterial embolization, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, biological therapy, or a combination of methods. During and after treatment, it's important to eat well -- even when side effects may make it difficult to do so. Some people about to undergo treatment may wish to participate in a clinical trial. Even after treatment is over, it's important to receive follow-up care.

Kidney Cancer Treatment: An Overview

Kidney cancer treatment options vary based on the stage of kidney cancer as well as a 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 of the kidney cancer types.
(Click Transitional Cell Carcinoma Treatment or Wilms' Tumor Treatment to read about treating other types of kidney cancer.)
In general, kidney cancer treatment options can include:
Patients should work with their doctors to develop a treatment plan that meets their medical needs and personal values. Choosing the most appropriate treatment is a decision that ideally involves the patient, the family, and the healthcare team.
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