Urology Services

Kidney cancer

Most solid tumours in the kidney are malignant (cancerous) and are more common in men. They can produce blood in the urine and pain in the side, but can grow to a large size without the patient being aware.

An ultrasound scan or CT will often have been done to make the original diagnosis.

Treatments include:

  • Robotic partial removal of the kidney (partial nephrectomy): This involves removal of part of the kidney with the surrounding fat for suspected cancer of the kidney, through several keyhole incisions. It involves the placement of a telescope and operating instruments into your abdominal cavity using 3-5 small incisions
  • Laparoscopic radical removal of the kidney (total nephrectomy): removal of the kidney for suspected cancer of the kidney through several keyhole incisions. It requires the placement of a telescope and operating instruments into your abdominal cavity using 4-5 small incisions. The adrenal gland may also be removed.
  • Open radical removal of the kidney (total nephrectomy): This involves removal of the kidney, adrenal, surrounding fat and lymph nodes for suspected cancer of the kidney, using an incision either in the abdomen or in the side/flank.

For more information about kidney cancer and the above treatments, visit the Newcastle Urology website.


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