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The treatment you have depends on the stage and type of your kidney cancer. Some small kidney cancers may not need treatment straight away.

Monitoring your cancer

Your doctor may monitor a small kidney cancer for a while before recommending treatment.

Treatment decisions

See which treatments you might have and how your doctor decides which treatments are suitable.


See what types of surgery you may have and what to expect at the hospital.


Cyotherapy kills cancer cells by freezing them. It can cure small, early stage kidney cancers. See how and when you may have it.

Radiofrequency treatment

Radiofrequency treatment uses radio waves to kill cancer cells. See how it's used to treat all stages of kidney cancer.


Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill cancer cells. It is not often used to treat kidney cancer. 


Chemotherapy isn't generally used for the most common type of kidney cancer. You might have it if you have transitional cell cancer of the kidney.

Follow up

After treatment, you have regular check ups to look for signs of the cancer coming back or spreading. This is called follow up.

Last reviewed: 
16 Jan 2019

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