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Kidney Cancer and Partial Nephrectomy

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I had a possible diagnosis of kidney cancer. The suggested treatment was a partial nephrectomy. We went forward with that. It turned out the mass on my kidney was a oncocytoma – weird cell shapes/arrangements but not something that would metastasize. Here are some links about kidney cancer and partial nephrectomy.

  • Renal Cell Cancer Update 1 | 2008 – Audio Files – Audio programs. Interviews with several oncologists and urologists regarding RCC. 2008.
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  • Kidney Cancer Treatment Options at The Kidney Cancer Institute – ‘As with any serious decision, making thoughtful choices regarding
    the treatment of kidney cancer is of the utmost importance.
    Information from sources such as websites, books, and
    magazines can be a helpful starting place’
    kidney cancer kidney 

  • Active Surveillance of Kidney Cancer at The Kidney Cancer Institute – Active surveillance is also known as watchful waiting or observation and this is the least invasive treatment strategy for kidney cancer. The term “active surveillance” is preferred as it is most accurate regarding this process.
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  • Comparative Analysis of Laparoscopic Versus Open Partial Nephrectomy for Renal Tumors in 200 Patients – ‘Open surgical partial nephrectomy remains the established standard for nephron sparing treatment of renal tumors. When applied to small renal tumors, the laparoscopic approach is associated with longer warm renal ischemia time, more major intraoperative complications and more postoperative urological complications. Our data also suggest that more deliberate efforts to achieve a wider surgical margin are necessary with the laparoscopic approach. Nevertheless, our data suggest that laparoscopic NSS is emerging as an effective, minimally invasive therapeutic approach with respect to renal functional outcome with the additional advantages of decreased postoperative narcotic use, earlier hospital discharge and a more rapid convalescence. Continued efforts are required to develop laparoscopic renal hypothermia techniques and facilitate intrarenal suturing, while minimizing warm ischemia time.’
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  • AUAF – Urology A-Z – Kidney Cancer – A detailed description for lay people with a hyperlinked glossary.
    “It is important to realize that with timely diagnosis and treatment, kidney cancer can be cured. If found early, the survival rate for patients with kidney cancer ranges from 79 to 100 percent. More than 100,000 survivors of kidney cancer are alive in the United States today. The following information addresses the most common questions about kidney tumors and serves as a supplement to the discussion that you have with your physician. ”
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  • Kidney Cancer Association – Learn How To Survive Kidney Cancer – “The Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) is a charitable organization made up of patients, family members, physicians, researchers, and other health professionals globally. We fund, promote, and collaborate with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Urological Association (AUA), and other institutions on research projects. We educate families and physicians, and serve as an advocate on behalf of patients at the state and federal levels.”
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  • Kidney Mass – A brief description of a variety of items called ‘kidney mass’
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