Surgery for advanced kidney cancer
Surgery to remove kidney cancer that has spread is known as cytoreductive surgery. Generally, surgery is not recommended if you are unwell or if the cancer has spread to many places in the body.
Two types of cytoreductive surgery may be possible in some situations:
- nephrectomy – to remove the primary cancer in the kidney. This may be offered when the kidney cancer is causing symptoms or when there is very little cancer spread outside the kidney. It can also be used in some people who have responded well to systemic treatment
- metastasectomy – to remove some or all of the tumours that have spread. This may be offered when the cancer has spread to only a few places outside the kidney.
For more on this, see our general section on Surgery.
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