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Kidney Cancer


Treatment options for kidney cancer depend upon the staging of the cancer (how large and whether it has spread) and the patient's age and general health.

Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are all potential treatment options. Kidney cancer is relatively resistant to radiation and chemotherapy, therefore the gold standard treatment for localized kidney cancer is removal of the kidney or kidney tumors.

If your doctor recommends surgery for kidney cancer, you may be a candidate for a new, minimally invasive approach-da Vinci partial nephrectomy or nephrectomy.

da Vinci surgery for kidney cancer incorporates the best techniques of open surgery and applies them to a robotic-assisted, minimally invasive approach. The precision and dexterity afforded by the da Vinci Surgical System's advanced instrumentation facilitates a minimally invasive approach for treating kidney cancer.

Potential patient benefits include:

  • Excellent cancer control
  • Significantly less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Less blood loss
  • Precise tumor removal and kidney reconstruction
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Increased potential for kidney preservation in certain prescribed cancer operations
  • Better clinical outcomes, in many cases

da Vinci patient stories
Hear from patients who have experienced da Vinci surgery for kidney cancer and how the surgery works.

Our da Vinci specialists
Naveen Pokala, MD

Am I a candidate for da Vinci surgery?
If you are a candidate for kidney surgery, ask your doctor about the da Vinci Surgical System. For a consultation with a University of Missouri Health Care da Vinci Surgery specialist, call (573) 882-8445.




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