Surgery is the main treatment for kidney cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body.

Removing part or all of a kidney

You might have surgery to remove part of your kidney (partial nephrectomy) or your whole kidney (radical nephrectomy).

Blocking the blood supply to the cancer

Treatment to block the blood supply to the cancer is called arterial embolisation. You might have this if you aren't well enough to have surgery to remove part or all of your kidney. 

Surgery to remove secondary cancer

Surgery for kidney cancers that have spread to another part of the body is sometimes possible. It is very specialist surgery. 

Before your operation

You have some tests and meet your healthcare team before you have your operation.

On the day

What to expect on the day of your operation.

After kidney cancer surgery

When you wake up you might feel very drowsy and disorientated. You have several tubes in place.

Problems after surgery

There is a risk of problems or complications after any operation.

Last reviewed: 
29 May 2020
Next review due: 
29 May 2023
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