Options for Larger Renal Tumors

Patients with renal (kidney) tumors larger than four centimeters may require kidney removal to prevent a recurrence of the tumor. The primary procedure performed by Chris Teigland, MD, and Kris Gaston, MD, is the radical laparoscopic nephrectomy. Clinical data from these procedures demonstrate that laparoscopic nephrectomy reduces length of hospitalization and complications (such as blood loss) while speeding recovery when compared to open surgery.

In some cases, however, the cancer moves beyond the localized stage initially or recurs following surgery. Advanced kidney cancer commonly affects the lungs, bone, liver or brain. In advanced cases, patient care may require other treatments, including:

For treatment beyond surgery, the Carolinas Medical Center multidisciplinary team will discuss these approaches with patients, recommend a course of action and coordinate patient care among our specialists.