Kidney Cancer Treatment

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In 2017, 35.8% of patients diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer received a partial nephrectomy.

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Background

Kidney cancer, also called renal cell cancer, is one of the ten most common cancers in both men and women. Treatment options may include surgery (open or laparoscopic), local therapies such as ablation and embolization, active surveillance, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and chemotherapy. These treatments might be used alone or in combination, depending on various factors.

Surgery is the main treatment for most types of kidney cancer. Since 2000, the use of complete nephrectomy (removal of the whole kidney) in patients with localized kidney cancer or cancer in the immediate surrounding tissue (regional kidney cancer) has decreased, while the rate of partial nephrectomy (removal of only the affected part of the kidney) has increased. Partial nephrectomy is now the preferred treatment for patients with early stage kidney cancer, but there are patients with early stage disease for whom partial nephrectomy may not be possible. Studies have shown the long-term results of partial nephrectomy and complete nephrectomy are about the same. Also, partial nephrectomy may prevent serious side effects like chronic kidney disease.

Measure

Partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy in patients with localized/regional kidney cancer.

Healthy People 2030 Target

  • There are no Healthy People 2030 targets for cancer treatment, including kidney cancer treatment.

Healthy People 2030 is a set of goals set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Data Source

SEER 18 Registries, National Cancer Institute, 2000–2016.

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All Races, Ages 20+

Percent of patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2017)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 35.8 35.1 - 36.4
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 45.5 44.8 - 46.2

By Age

Ages 20-64
Percent of patients aged 20 - 64 years diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2017)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of patients aged 20 - 64 years diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 45.5 44.5 - 46.4
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 46.1 45.2 - 47.1
Ages 65 and Older
Percent of patients aged 65 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2017)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of patients aged 65 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 30.4 30.0 - 30.9
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 45.1 44.6 - 45.7

By Race/Ethnicity

White
Percent of White patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2017)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of White patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 36.4 35.8 - 37.0
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 45.9 45.3 - 46.5
Black
Percent of Black patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2017)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of Black patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 32.0 31.8 - 32.2
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 42.8 42.6 - 43.1
Hispanic
Percent of Hispanic patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2017)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of Hispanic patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 33.7 33.4 - 33.9
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 47.1 46.8 - 47.4
Asian/Pacific Islander
Percent of Asian/Pacific Islander patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2017)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of Asian/Pacific Islander patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 36.2 36.0 - 36.3
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 44.4 44.3 - 44.6
American Indian/Alaska Native
Percent of American Indian/Alaska Native patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2017)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of American Indian/Alaska Native patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2017 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 26.7 26.7 - 26.8
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 46.4 46.3 - 46.4

Additional Information on Kidney Cancer Treatment

Year Range

2000-2017

Recent Summary Trend Year Range

2013-2017

Summary Tables

Kidney, Lung, Ovarian, Prostate

Recent Summary Trend

Non-Significant Change

Desired Direction

Rising