For people with renal/kidney cancer — as well as cancers of the prostate, bladder and testicles — the Swedish Cancer Institute offers the services of a renowned team of physicians, surgeons and other specialists. (“Renal” means pertaining to the kidney.)
All Swedish kidney-cancer patients benefit from a comprehensive approach to care that begins with state-of-the-art imaging techniques and features the latest treatments and a wide range of high-quality support services.
Kidney cancer, which accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers, occurs slightly more often in males and is usually diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 70, but can occur at any age. In adults, the most common type is renal cell cancer. Many kidney tumors go undetected due to the lack of symptoms and are incidentally detected during the medical evaluation of an unrelated problem. Learn more about kidney cancer.
Kidney-cancer patients are treated with a variety of procedures that may include:
- Surgery (including Robotic Surgery)
- Biological therapy (treatment that uses the body’s immune system to counteract treatment side effects)
Research and clinical trials
If your physician believes you are a good candidate to participate in a clinical trial evaluating a new treatment or more effective combinations of treatments — and you agree — you will have access to the very latest in research treatments.
At any given time, the Swedish Cancer Institute offers patients more than 140 clinical-research studies involving most types of cancers. Additionally, our physician specialists collaborate with other regional and national research groups, including Southwest Oncology Group, National Cancer Institute, Puget Sound Oncology Consortium and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Education and support for patients and families
Beyond physical health, the Swedish Cancer Institute is committed to the emotional well-being of our patients and their families. We offer:
- Individual and family counseling, and support groups
- An on-site education center
- A full array of complementary therapies
- A dedicated cancer rehabilitation program
- Specialized nutrition care for those fighting cancer
Complementary therapies include:
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