Surgery is the main treatment for kidney cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body.
You might have surgery to remove part of your kidney (partial nephrectomy) or your whole kidney (radical nephrectomy).
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 for kidney cancers that have spread to another part of the body is sometimes possible. It is very specialist surgery.
You have some tests and meet your healthcare team before you have your operation.
What to expect on the day of your operation.
When you wake up you might feel very drowsy and disorientated. You have several tubes in place.
There is a risk of problems or complications after any operation.