Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma Overview

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Targeted therapies for kidney cancer

As researchers have learned more about the gene changes in cells that cause cancer, they have been able develop newer drugs that target some of these changes. These targeted drugs work in a different way than standard chemotherapy drugs, and they have different side effects.

In the past few years a number of targeted drugs have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use against advanced kidney cancer. Targeted therapies include drugs that stop the growth of the new blood vessels that feed cancers and drugs that stop other parts of cancer cell growth. They are often used as the first line of treatment for advanced kidney cancers. While they may shrink or slow the growth of the cancer, it’s doesn’t seem like any of these drugs can cure kidney cancer (make it go away and stay away).

To learn more about specific targeted therapy drugs for kidney cancer, please see our document Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma.


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