Kidney cancer

Nephrectomy and nephron-sparing surgery 


Patients with tumors less than 3-4 cm in size are usually treated with open nephron-sparing surgery, but patients with larger tumors are treated with nephrectomy via a transverse abdominal incision.

Patients with a tumor thrombus in the vena cava are simultaneously treated with a thrombectomy in collaboration with a vascular surgeon.


Treatments with a curative goal. Sometimes also offered to patients with advanced disease that will be treated with cytokines or kinase blockers.


Patients are admitted the day before surgery, and stay in the hospital for 4-7 days. Recommended sick leave is about 4 weeks.

Page revised Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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