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Ways To Treat And Get Rid Of Kidney Cancer

Treatment for kidney cancer is determined by the cancer's size and dissemination. The most common first course of care is surgery, which aims to remove cancer cells.

Chemotherapy isn't extremely effective in treating kidney cancer, unlike most other cancers. Non-surgical treatments, such as radiation or targeted medication therapies, are available.

The most common therapies for kidney cancer are:


-radiotherapy-assisted treatments


Your treatment plan

A multidisciplinary team, which may include a specialized cancer surgeon, an oncologist (who specializes in radiotherapy and chemotherapy), a radiologist, a nephrologist (a kidney specialist), and a specialist nurse, will likely care for you.

A key worker will be assigned to you, usually a professional nurse, who will be in charge of organizing your treatment.

Your team will suggest the best treatment option for you, but the final decision will be yours.

Your doctors will evaluate the following factors when deciding on the best treatment for you:

-your cancer's stage and grade (how big it is and how far it has spread)

-age and overall well-being

-If the cancer hasn't gone outside of the kidney (T1 or T2), it can typically be healed by removing part or all of it.

A complete cure may not be possible if the tumour has progressed outside of your kidney (T3 or T4 kidney cancer). However, the cancer's growth should be slowed and any symptoms should be treated.

Surgical procedures


A nephrectomy is a kidney removal procedure.

If the tumor is less than 4cm (1.5 inches) in diameter, only a portion of your kidney may need to be removed. A partial nephrectomy is the medical term for this procedure. If your remaining kidney is in poor health, you may need a partial nephrectomy.

Your entire kidney will need to be removed if the tumor is larger than 4cm in diameter. Even if the cancer has progressed beyond your kidney, having your kidney removed may still be beneficial.

The kidney can be removed to relieve pain and improve the effectiveness of various non-surgical treatments.

Because the other kidney can compensate, it is possible to live a normal life with only one kidney.

The surgeon may additionally remove adjacent lymph nodes during a nephrectomy to ensure that the malignancy hasn't progressed beyond the kidney.

Both a partial and open nephrectomy can be performed in two methods. They're called:

The kidney is removed through a wide incision in your belly in an open nephrectomy (stomach)

A laparoscopic or keyhole nephrectomy is a procedure in which the kidney is removed through a series of small incisions in your belly.

Both strategies have benefits and drawbacks.

A laparoscopic nephrectomy takes much less time to recuperate than an open nephrectomy.

However, because the operation necessitates the use of specialized surgeons, you may have to wait longer for treatment than if you had an open nephrectomy.

Content created and supplied by: NurseKike (via Opera News )


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