Localized Kidney Cancer

Radical Nephrectomy

Radical Nephrectomy

Radical nephrectomy is a surgical treatment option for localized kidney cancer. The aim is to remove the whole kidney and the surrounding fatty tissue. This surgery is performed when it is not possible to remove the tumour and leave part of the kidney intact. It is generally recommended for kidney cancers in stage II, or for stage I tumours when partial nephrectomy is not an option. Most people can live with only one functioning kidney without major complications.

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