Two brother made the decision to receive robotic kidney surgery, a procedure that is less invasive, saves the kidney when possible, and gets patients out of the hospital within a few days.
Von Hippel-Lindau Clinical Care Center
Nationally recognized multidisciplinary program for VHL screening and minimally invasive surgical treatment.
Our multidisciplinary VHL clinic brings together leading experts from more than a dozen specialties to help our patients navigate this complex, inherited hereditary cancer syndrome. We offer genetic testing, screening and minimally invasive and advanced treatment options for VHL patients.
This coordinated care approach ensures a treatment plan that includes regular screenings and appropriately timed therapies for our VHL patients and their families.
What is von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome?
Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome affects about one in 36,000 people worldwide. Patients with VHL syndrome commonly develop cysts in the kidneys, pancreas, and genital tract. Tumors may be either benign or cancerous, and most frequently appear in young adults, but symptoms can occur at any time.
Patients who have a parent with VHL have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the disease. VHL is not curable. It is the most common among genetic kidney cancer syndromes, making close monitoring and regular screening an important part of your overall care.
Leading expertise from a multidisciplinary team
VHL syndrome requires a lifetime of care, including regular screenings for new tumor growth so treatment – most often surgery – can be provided as early as possible.
Our VHL team, led by Dr. Craig Rogers, the top kidney cancer surgeon in the Midwest, includes experts from genetics, urology, nephrology, cancer surgery, radiology, ophthalmology, neurology and audiology, all working together to manage your care.
Dr. Rogers completed his fellowship training at the National Cancer Institute, which helped discover the VHL gene and pathways, and was a national referral center for VHL patients.
At Henry Ford, our VHL patients and their families have access to the most advanced science-based treatments. We are a national leader in minimally invasive robotic surgery techniques and have one of the largest and most experienced cancer surgery teams in the country.
Personalized care and support services
Your diagnosis, treatment plan and medical team is uniquely yours. With your multidisciplinary team, you will receive the answers to all your questions and access the support you need.
Sometimes you need more than medicine. We also offer compassionate support services to help you overcome your diagnosis and we work closely with the VHL Alliance to provide additional resources so you lead a healthy, full life..