Duke’s kidney cancer specialists use the latest medical and surgical advances to find and treat kidney cancer at the earliest possible stage and provide you with the latest treatment options. As a high-volume center, we routinely perform complex procedures, both with intent to cure as well as to provide the best possible future therapy that is needed. You receive personalized care and access to clinical trials based on your type of kidney cancer.
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Finding kidney cancer early and getting an accurate diagnosis are key to your health and outcomes.
Blood and Urine Tests
Find clues to indicate cancer, such as blood in your urine. We monitor levels of your body's byproducts that may show how your disease is progressing. We also check for conditions brought on by cancer through careful assessment of specific blood tests.
In addition to X-rays, CT, MRI, and ultrasound may be used to produce high-quality images of your kidney and assess the presence and stage of kidney tumors.
A small amount of low-level radioactive material is injected into a vein to determine if cancer has spread to your bones.
Biopsy and Fine Needle Aspiration
A long, thin needle is inserted into the kidney to remove a tiny sample of tissue to be examined under a microscope for the presence of cancer.
Why Choose Duke
Nationally Ranked Program
At our National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, our doctors and surgeons care for kidney cancer patients daily. If your kidney cancer has spread to blood vessels or other organs, our surgeons are expertly equipped to perform complex surgery, give you the latest treatment options, and achieve the best possible results for you.
Experience with More Complex Surgeries
When kidney cancer spreads near or into the heart and other organs, our experts are equipped to perform the complex surgeries needed to achieve positive results.
Convenient, Same-Day Appointments
Whenever possible, your appointments are arranged within a week of your first contact with us. Our goal is to offer you convenient appointments for oncology, surgery, and imaging on a single day. You leave with a comprehensive plan for your treatment.
Access to Clinical Trials
You may be eligible to participate in our ongoing clinical trials, which are testing new anti-cancer targeted therapies as well as other new approaches before they become available elsewhere.
More Minimally Invasive Surgery Options
Depending on the size of your tumor, its location, and other factors, we may recommend minimally invasive surgery options to remove the tumor. These treatment options help you recover faster.
A Team of Specialists
Our urologic oncologists, radiation oncologists, and medical oncologists work together to ensure you receive the best and latest treatment options.
Where you receive your cancer care is important. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our cancer program is nationally ranked, and the highest ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2021–2022.
Options When Kidney Cancer Spreads to Brain or Spine
New treatments are making it possible for people to live longer, with a better quality of life, when cancer has spread to the brain or spine. Duke experts in the medical and surgical management of metastatic brain and spine tumors use these advanced therapies to extend life for people who may have been told they are out of options.
Good Outcomes for Advanced Cancers
Our ability to remove cancer from the kidneys, and the areas to which it may spread, continually results in good outcomes, including long-term survival.
Support for You and Your Family
Our comprehensive cancer support services range from helping patients minimize the side effects of treatment to coping with the emotional and psychological effects of diagnosis and treatment. View our cancer support groups in our event calendar.