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.
Kidney Cancer Multispecialty Clinic
If you have metastatic kidney cancer, you will have your first appointment at the Kidney Cancer Multispecialty Clinic (KCMC) at SCCA. Your care will begin with a team evaluation with a urologic oncologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, pathologist, radiologist, and resident doctor or fellow -- all in the same day. All are UW Medicine doctors who specialize in kidney cancer. With our multispecialty approach, you will have the opportunity to discuss all aspects of your proposed treatment plan on the same day with each individual treating doctor. You will leave with all of your questions answered and a plan of care that is designed specifically for you and your needs.