- 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
Other types of treatments for kidney cancer
While surgery is the main treatment for kidney cancers that can be removed, some people are too sick to have surgery. Sometimes other methods can be used to destroy kidney tumors. But there is much less information on how well these methods work over the long term and so they are not yet considered a standard treatment.
This treatment uses extreme cold to destroy the tumor. A hollow probe (needle) is put into the tumor either through the skin or during laparoscopic surgery. Very cold gases are passed through the probe, creating an ice ball that kills the tumor.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
This treatment uses high-energy radio waves to heat the tumor. A thin, needle-like probe is placed through the skin and moved until the end is in the tumor. Once it is in place, an electric current is passed through the probe, which heats the tumor and kills the cancer cells.
This is treatment to block the artery that feeds the kidney with the cancer. This method is not used very often, but it is sometimes used before surgery to kill some of the cancer cells and to reduce bleeding during the operation.
Last Medical Review: 11/27/2012
Last Revised: 04/01/2014