West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West Cancer Center offers an unparalleled kidney cancer treatment plan for patients across the Mid-South region – collaborating with West’s leaders in radiation therapy, medical oncology, surgical oncology, and research to provide each patient with most individualized care possible.
A patient with kidney cancer symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- Physical Exam
- Review of patient history
- Blood test
- Urine test: this type of test may be used to detect abnormalities or disease in the urine, such as blood and/or cancer cells.
- Biopsy: a sample of tissue is removed for examination and to determine a diagnosis.
Your Treatment Plan
Your kidney cancer treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis include:
- Partial nephrectomy: a surgical procedure where the portion of the kidney that contains the tumor is removed. This surgical method is used based on the size of the tumor and/or if both of the patient’s kidneys are affected or the patient only has one kidney.
- Radical nephrectomy: a surgical procedure where the entire kidney, the tissue surrounding it, the adrenal gland, and affected lymph nodes are removed.
- Simple nephrectomy: a surgical procedure where the entire kidney is removed.
- Radiation therapy: often used with chemotherapy, radiation therapy is the use of high-powered radiation beams to kill cancer cells. To learn more Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.
- Chemotherapy: a drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy and surgery to treat your cancer.