Kidney cancer is one of the top 10 most common cancers among men and women. The average age of diagnosis is 64 years, and men are considered to be slightly more at risk than women. Renal cell carcinoma (RCC), also known as renal cell cancer or renal cell adenocarcinoma, makes up 90 percent of all diagnosed kidney cancer cases.
The kidney cancer experts at Duke Prostate and Urologic Cancer Center are members of Duke’s nationally-ranked urology and cancer programs and lead the field in screening, diagnosing and treating kidney cancer. As a top referral center for kidney cancer, we specialize in aggresive and difficult-to-treat kidney cancers.
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Finding kidney cancer early and getting an accurate diagnosis are key to your health and outcomes. If you are experiencing symptoms, please consult your physician. Based on their evaluation, further testing may be ordered that can help in diagnosing and assessing the cancer. These tests can include:
At Duke Prostate and Urologic Cancer Center, our team of experts can help you identify the best treatment option for your kidney cancer. The best approach depends on the size, stage and location of your kidney cancer. Your treatment at Duke will be personalized to your particular needs. One or more of the following therapies may be recommended:
Energy Ablative Techniques:
*While not considered a standard treatment for kidney cancer, chemotherapy may also be used when kidney cancer doesn't respond to immunotherapy or targeted therapy.
The multidisciplinary team, including surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists, explore all options. If your kidney cancer has spread to blood vessels or other organs, our surgeons are expertly equipped to perform complex surgery, providing you with the latest treatment options to achieve the best possible outcome.
Because each patient’s cancer possesses unique characteristics that allow for a diversity of behaviors and outcomes, we take a personalized approach to determine the best therapies for each patient.
Breaking down traditional barriers to rapid innovation, our kidney cancer specialists are leading national research efforts while developing novel treatments. Clinical research is critical to our collective mission of reducing the burden of kidney cancer, and we're committed to designing better treatments and preventive approaches.
Kidney cancer research at Duke places an emphasis on translational programs that can have direct consequences on improving patient care and surgical therapy. Together, we are moving further, faster.
Duke Cancer Institute constellates the world-class resources of Duke University, Duke Health and the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center into a collaborative powerhouse. We are poised to drive a paradigm shift in the way long-established cancer centers and institutes have been waging this war.Ways To Give