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Knowing what to expect after a kidney cancer diagnosis can calm your fears and give you a sense of control over treatment.
Our kidney cancer team meets with thousands of patients just like you to answer questions and explain what happens next. You won’t be alone in the process.
Our nurse navigators will walk with you from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. And we’ll connect you with cancer support services to provide a range of resources to support your physical and emotional well-being during cancer treatment and beyond.
After you receive a kidney cancer diagnosis, we’ll work with you to decide the right course of action.
Our experts collaborate on every patient’s case during our weekly tumor board meeting to draw on the expertise of specialists from many fields to design the most effective treatment plan for you. Our tumor board includes:
At your first appointment, we will explain your diagnosis, review your treatment plan, and answer your questions. We encourage you to bring a family member, friend, or another caregiver with you to this appointment because you will learn a lot of important information. At the appointment, you will:
We provide a wide range of support for you and your family, including:
Patients who have robot-assisted kidney cancer surgery will stay in the hospital for about 48 hours after surgery. You’ll have four to six small incisions covered by small bandages. You may be able to remove these bandages before you go home.
After surgery you can expect:
Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are largely ineffective for kidney cancer. Surgery is the mainstay of treatment.
Some patients with cancer that has spread outside of the kidney may benefit from additional therapies. If you need these therapies, we may recommend that you see a medical oncologist after you recover. In most cases, however, kidney cancers are localized to the kidney and frequently cured by removal of the tumor or the kidney.