- How is kidney cancer treated?
- Surgery for kidney cancer
- Other local treatments for kidney cancer
- Active surveillance for kidney cancer
- Radiation therapy for kidney cancer
- Targeted therapies for kidney cancer
- Biologic therapy (immunotherapy) for kidney cancer
- Chemotherapy for kidney cancer
- Pain control for kidney cancer
- Clinical trials for kidney cancer
- Complementary and alternative therapies after kidney cancer
Targeted therapies for kidney cancer
As researchers have learned more about the changes inside cells that cause cancer, they have found newer drugs that target some of these changes. These targeted drugs are different from standard chemotherapy drugs. They often work better than standard chemo drugs for kidney cancer, and they have different side effects.
Many targeted drugs can be used to treat advanced kidney cancer. These drugs block the growth of the new blood vessels that nourish cancers, or they block important proteins in cancer cells that help them grow and survive. Some targeted drugs affect both of these.
These drugs are often used as the first treatments for advanced kidney cancers. They can often shrink or slow the growth of the cancer for a time, but it doesn’t seem that any of these drugs can actually cure kidney cancer.
To learn more about specific targeted drugs for kidney cancer, see our document Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma.
Last Medical Review: 04/29/2014
Last Revised: 01/13/2015