At Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, we’ve put together a team of nationally recruited physicians focused on using the latest technology and innovative techniques in the treatment of kidney cancer.

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For more information about Levine Cancer Institute, call 980-442-2000.

Kidney Cancer Diagnosis

If kidney cancer is suspected, the first diagnostic step typically involves a physical exam, a blood or urine sample, and the gathering of your medical history, including symptoms and risk factors. While these tests can’t diagnose cancer, they can offer clues as to whether there may be a problem with your kidneys.

If further testing is needed, there are two common diagnostic tests for kidney cancer:

  • Imaging studies (such as CT scan or ultrasound)
  • Biopsy

Kidney Cancer Treatment

There are several approaches to treating tumors in the kidneys. Our team of experts has the skill and experience to determine the best treatments for the best outcomes.

Treatment Options Include:

  • Expectant management: Also considered "watchful waiting" this approach is used when tumors are very small and need to be watched via X-ray over time to see if treatment becomes necessary.
  • Percutaneous cryotherapy: This treatment uses extreme cold (-40 degrees C) to remove or completely destroy small tumors without the risks of a major operation.
  • Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: A minimally invasive surgery to remove part of the kidney.
  • Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy: This minimally invasive surgical technique for complete kidney removal allows for quicker recovery and causes less pain than other options.
  • Open partial nephrectomy: This method is only used to remove small kidney tumors for certain technically difficult small tumors in younger patients

Clinical Trials

Levine Cancer Institute provides access to the latest and most innovative clinical trials in all aspects of evaluation and treatment of kidney cancer. Learn more about our kidney cancer clinical trials

Cancer Support Programs

The cancer care process can feel confusing and overwhelming at times – often involving physical, financial and emotional challenges for you and your family. From diagnosis to survivorship, we have numerous resources available to support you during your treatment experience.

Learn more about our cancer support programs.