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Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer is the third most common cancer of the urinary tract. When detected early it is curable --with treatment it has an 81 percent five year survival rate. At the Legacy Cancer Institute we offer the comprehensive services needed to treat kidney cancer - interventional radiology, surgery, chemotherapy, rehabilitation and patient support.

Award-winning care

Legacy ranks among the nation's top cancer programs and has received multiple quality awards including the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons' Commission (ACS) on Cancer. The ACS ranks Legacy's cancer program as one of the best in the nation.


There are several ways to treat kidney cancer depending on its progression. Treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. Patients often receive a combination of treatments.


  • Partial nephrectomy is the removal of the diseased part of the kidney only and preserves kidney function. This surgery can be performed laparoscopically using our robotic surgery method or by traditional methods.
  • Nephrectomy is surgery to remove the entire kidney with or without removal of the lymph nodes.

Interventional radiology 

Thermal Ablation: Renal cryoablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses cold energy to destroy the cancerous tissue in the kidney. Ablation is usually an outpatient procedure although some patients may stay overnight. This treatment may be an option for solid tumors or people who are not good candidates for surgery

Active surveillance
Instead of receiving immediate treatment, patients are followed closely to see if the cancer grows or gets worse. At that point, treatment options can be discussed.


Radiation therapy
Most often radiation is used to ease the symptoms of advanced or metastatic kidney cancer to treat problems caused by the cancer's spread to the brain or bone.

Physician case review

Our multidisciplinary cancer care conferences review complex cases to provide an expert "second opinion" on diagnosis, pre-treatment evaluation, staging, treatment strategy and rehabilitation. The team includes medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, nurses, research coordinators and other cancer care staff.

You're not alone

At the Legacy Cancer Institute we offer services to support every aspect of your treatment including your physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. We offer a wide range of support services to help you and your family. If you need help just ask us, and we'll help you find the support you need.

Nurse navigators

Our personalized support services begin with our nurse navigators. They will help you throughout your treatment, from knowing what to expect to finding the right support services and helping you manage symptoms and treatment side effects.

In addition, the following support services are also available:

Our Providers

Surgeons (urologists)