UI Hospitals and Clinics

Kidney Cancer Clinic

Renal cell carcinoma is a type of kidney cancer that starts in the lining of very small tubes (tubules) in the kidney. It is the most common type of kidney cancer in adults.

Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center understand kidney cancer and work as a team to design the best treatment plan. A typical team is made up of surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists, as well as nephrologists, social workers, and nurses. Treatment plans may include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy (biological therapy) - works to boost, direct, or restore your body's natural defenses against disease
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
    • Removal of the kidney (whole or part), the adrenal glad, and nearby fatty tissue
    • Minimally invasive removal of kidney tumors
  • Targeted therapy

Treatments for Kidney Tumors

Urologic cancer specialist Kenneth Nepple, MD, explains how renal (kidney) masses are diagnosed and the surgical options available for treating kidney cancer.

Robotic Partial Nephrectomy

Urologic cancer specialist Kenneth Nepple, MD, explains the how robotic partial nephrectomy can be used to treat renal (kidney) cancer. This minimally invasive surgery offers patients less pain, quicker recovery, and the possibility of keeping kidney function.

Care Team

Physician, Internal Medicine

Physician, Urology

Radiation Oncologist