Kidney cancer

The Royal Marsden offers a full range of kidney (renal) cancer diagnosis, treatment and care services for patients at its hospitals in Chelsea, London, and Sutton, Surrey.

While common symptoms include blood in your urine a pain below your ribs and/or a lump or swelling in the kidney area, a variety of tests are normally needed to confirm your cancer diagnosis. At The Royal Marsden some of these tests can be performed on the same day.

The type of treatment we recommend will vary depending on your individual circumstance and needs. The most common treatment options for kidney cancer is radiotherapy, targeted therapies, such as immunotherapy and anti-angiogenesis therapy, and surgery.

Surgical options at The Royal Marsden include keyhole, robotic and open surgical techniques to remove part of, or your entire kidney. Some kidney cancers may not require any treatment as they're so small, but they will be closely supervised. Clinical and medical oncology services are provided at both sites of The Royal Marsden while specialist surgery is offered at the Chelsea hospital.

The surgeons work closely with our interventional radiologists to offer state-of-the art ablative therapies for kidney cancers in certain patients. Our specialist renal physician assesses patients with existing kidney problems before and after surgery to try and minimise the impact of interventions.

The oncology team are world leaders in the field on renal cancer. Your diagnosis, treatment and care will be coordinated by a multidisciplinary team who work very closely together. Our specialist renal physician assesses patients with existing kidney problems before and after surgery to try and minimise the impact of interventions.
 
As a world-leading cancer research centre, the renal cancer team offer increasing numbers of drugs to patient to treat kidney cancer. They assess patient risk levels before deciding which drugs should be used in first or second line treatment and they also offer access, where appropriate to early clinical trials.