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The stage of kidney cancer will help determine the course of treatment. For the majority of kidney cancers, though, surgical removal of all or part of the kidney (nephrectomy) is recommended. This may include removing the bladder or surrounding tissues or lymph nodes as well.

If surgery is not an option, your physician may suggest chemotherapy or hormone treatments. Many chemotherapy drugs and other medications have been successful in reducing the growth of some renal cell carcinomas, including cancers that have spread. Current therapies work by blocking the blood supply of the tumor. Hormone treatments may reduce the growth of the tumor in some cases.

Radiation therapy does not usually work for renal cell carcinoma and, therefore, is not often used.

Clinical research

As part of our comprehensive care, Norton Cancer Institute also gives patients the opportunity to participate in innovative National Cancer Institute and industry-sponsored clinical research studies. These studies help to improve current cancer treatments, in addition to finding new treatments options.

A list of studies is available by contacting the downtown Louisville Norton Cancer Institute Resource Center at (502) 629-5500.

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