Roswell Park takes a multidisciplinary approach to kidney cancer treatment. A team of surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists and other urology specialists collaborate to determine the best treatment plan for each patient. Based on the evidence-driven guidelines of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the Society of Urologic Oncology, treatment plans may include the following:
In patients with small and slow growing kidney cancers, the tumors may not ever be dangerous enough to require treatment. Instead, the patient can be carefully monitored over time with imaging and biopsy tests under the guidance of an experienced urologist. Roswell Park has a growing active surveillance program for kidney cancer patients, and our doctors always discuss this option with patients prior to proceeding with treatment.