Kidney Cancer Treatments

Emory physicians provide expertise in focally treating kidney tumors while sparing the healthy portion of the kidney. Avoiding the removal of the entire kidney lessens the chance of kidney failure and other complications after the procedure. This treatment for kidney cancer, in which only the tumorous portion of the kidney is removed, is also known as a robotic partial nephrectomy.

Using the laparoscopic or robotic partial nephrectomy technique as a treatment for kidney cancer is the ideal treatment option for patients with small, single tumors in the kidney. The surgery allows certain tumors to be surgically removed from the kidney before the organ is then reconstructed. Robotic partial nephrectomy is regularly performed at Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital. To learn more, please click on News & Video (Nov 4, 2014).

Emory Urologists are also skilled in the use of ablation for the treatment of kidney tumors. Ablation involves the targeted use of either radiowaves, heat, cold, or chemicals that are delivered and applied to the tumor(s) through a needle or probe guided by ultrasound or CT technology.

The Emory Department of Urology is affiliated with The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Georgia's only National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center and serves as the coordinating center for cancer research and care throughout the Emory University system. With NCI Designation Winship joins an elite group of 65 cancer centers in the United States to have earned this coveted status.