The American Cancer Society estimates that some 35,000 persons are diagnosed with kidney cancer every year, including more than 22,000 new cases of kidney cancer in men, and over 13,000 in women.

Chris Teigland, MD, and Kris Gaston, MD, engage a multidisciplinary team from Carolinas Medical Center in the treatment of kidney cancer.

Surgery is the primary treatment, accounting for more than 50 percent of those cured. Most kidney cancer surgeries at CMC employ a minimally invasive (laparoscopic) approach. Our multidisciplinary team is a regional center of excellence for laparoscopic renal surgery.

In some cases, however, the cancer presents 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 involve other treatment options, including:

If additional treatment beyond surgery is required, our physicians discuss these approaches with patients, recommend a course of action and coordinate patient care among CMC specialists as needed. 

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