Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma Overview

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Treating Kidney Cancer TOPICS

Active surveillance for kidney cancer

For some patients with small kidney tumors (those less than 3 cm, which is a little over an inch), one option may be to give no treatment at first and watch the tumor to see if it grows. If the tumors grow fast or get larger than a little over 1 ½ inches, they are removed. This approach can allow some patients to avoid surgery or other treatments.


Last Medical Review: 11/27/2012
Last Revised: 04/01/2014