Locally-advanced Kidney Cancer

Radical Nephrectomy

Radical Nephrectomy

Radical nephrectomy is a surgical treatment option for locally-advanced kidney cancer. The aim is to remove the whole kidney that contains the tumour and the surrounding fatty tissue. In locally-advanced kidney cancers it may not be possible to remove the tumour and leave part of the kidney intact. Most people can live with only one functioning kidney without major complications.

You may need additional surgical procedures to remove the entire tumour. These include the removal of enlarged lymph nodes or the adrenal gland.

For a radical nephrectomy you will receive general anaesthesia. During the surgery, you will lay on your side or on your back, depending on the location and size of the tumour.

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Read more about radical nephrectomy, how to prepare, and what to expect after the procedure. This section shows an illustration of radical nephrectomy.

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