- How is kidney cancer treated?
- Surgery for kidney cancer
- Other types of treatments for kidney cancer
- Active surveillance for kidney cancer
- Radiation therapy for kidney cancer
- Chemotherapy for kidney cancer
- Targeted therapies for kidney cancer
- Biologic therapy (immunotherapy) for kidney cancer
- Pain control for kidney cancer
- Clinical trials for kidney cancer
- Complementary and alternative therapies after kidney cancer
How is kidney cancer treated?
After the cancer is found and staged, your doctor will talk with you about different treatment plans. It is important to take time and think about your choices. One of the most important factors is the stage of your cancer. Other things to take into account include your overall health, the likely side effects of the treatment, the chances of curing the disease, helping you live longer, or relieving symptoms.
If you have kidney cancer, your treatment options may include:
- Ablation and other local therapies
- Active surveillance
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
- Immunotherapy (biologic therapy)
You might want to get a second opinion. This may give you more information and help you feel more secure about the treatment plan you have chosen.
Last Medical Review: 11/27/2012
Last Revised: 01/23/2013