Everyone’s cancer is different, as are their circumstances, preferences, and beliefs. A treatment that works well for someone else may not be right for you.
The treatment your Seattle Cancer Care Alliance doctors recommend will depend on the type and stage of your kidney cancer, and other factors, such as your general health, potential side effects of treatment, and the probability of extending life or relieving symptoms.
Treatment options vary based on the stage of disease.
- Stages I, II, and III: Surgery is the common option.
- Stage IV: Targeted therapy, biologic/immunotherapy, clinical studies, and sometimes surgery (depending on how far your cancer has spread and your general health) are options.
If your tumor is small (stage I) or if you are not a candidate for surgery, your doctor may recommend ablation, which uses intense heat (radiofrequency) or extreme cold (cryoablation) to destroy kidney tumors.