Kidney Cancer Treatment

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In 2013, 35.3% of patients diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer received a partial nephrectomy.

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Introduction

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, ablation and other local therapies, active surveillance, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy (biological therapy), 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 immediately surrounding tissue (regional kidney cancer) has decreased, while the rate of partial nephrectomy has increased. Partial nephrectomy is now the preferred treatment for patients with early stage kidney cancer, though it may not always be a treatment option. Studies have shown the long-term results of partial nephrectomy are about the same as those when the whole kidney is removed, and partial nephrectomy may prevent serious side effects, including chronic kidney disease.

Measure

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

Healthy People 2020 Target

  • There are no Healthy People 2020 targets for cancer treatment, including kidney cancer treatment.

Healthy People 2020 is a set of goals set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Data Source

SEER 18 Registries, National Cancer Institute, 2000–2013.

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All Ages

Percent of patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2013
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Percent of patients 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, 2000-2013 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 35.3 (34.4 - 36.2)
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 47.6 (46.6 - 48.5)

Ages 20-64

Percent of patients aged 20 - 64 years diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2013
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Percent of patients 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, 2000-2013 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 44.2 (42.9 - 45.5)
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 47.9 (46.6 - 49.2)

Ages 65 and Older

Percent of patients aged 65 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2013
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2013)
Percent of patients 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, 2000-2013 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 30.3 (29.7 - 30.9)
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 47.4 (46.6 - 48.2)

Year Range

2000-2013

Recent Summary Trend Year Range

2009-2013

Summary Tables

Kidney, Lung, Ovarian, Prostate

Recent Summary Trend

Rising

Desired Direction

Rising