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Renal Cell Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)

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Last Modified: 02/21/2014

Stage II Renal Cell Cancer

Current Clinical Trials

Stage II renal cell cancer is defined by the American Joint Committee on Cancer's TNM classification system:[1]

  • T2, N0, M0

Radical resection is the accepted, often curative, therapy for stage II renal cell cancer. The operation includes removal of the kidney, adrenal gland, perirenal fat, and Gerota fascia, with or without a regional lymph node dissection.[2] Lymphadenectomy is commonly employed, but its effectiveness has not been definitively proven. External-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) has been given before or after nephrectomy without conclusive evidence that this improves survival when compared with the results of surgery alone; however, it may be of benefit in selected patients with more extensive tumors. In patients who are not candidates for surgery, arterial embolization can provide palliation.

Standard treatment options:

  1. Radical nephrectomy.[3]
  2. Nephrectomy before or after EBRT (selected patients).[3]
  3. Partial nephrectomy (selected patients).[3]
  4. EBRT (palliative).[3]
  5. Arterial embolization (palliative).
  6. Clinical trials.
Current Clinical Trials

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage II renal cell cancer. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.

General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.

References
  1. Kidney. In: Edge SB, Byrd DR, Compton CC, et al., eds.: AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. 7th ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2010, pp 479-89. 

  2. Phillips E, Messing EM: Role of lymphadenectomy in the treatment of renal cell carcinoma. Urology 41 (1): 9-15, 1993.  [PUBMED Abstract]

  3. deKernion JB, Berry D: The diagnosis and treatment of renal cell carcinoma. Cancer 45 (7 Suppl): 1947-56, 1980.  [PUBMED Abstract]