Kidney Cancer Treatment Pros and Cons

Kidney Cancer TreatmentMost likely you were having kidney cancer symptoms such as blood in the urine, a lump or mass on the side or abdomen as well as rapid weight loss. Your doctor may have even noticed renal cyst that are not going away. So you’re diagnosed with kidney cancer, what next? We hear cancer and right away we start to panic. While that’s natural, be sure to calmly discuss your options for kidney cancer treatment with your physician as soon as possible. The sooner you begin treatment the better your kidney cancer survival rate will be.

Your doctor will discuss with you what stage of cancer you are in. This will have an effect on exactly what your kidney cancer treatment will be. Always remember, it’s a good idea to get a second opinion when diagnosed. It’s always possible another doctor may pick up on something that the first doctor may have missed.

Once you have your second opinion, it’s time to discuss your kidney cancer treatment with your physician. Depending on the stage of kidney cancer, you will likely either need a transplant or the surgeon will completely remove the infected kidney. Luckily you have two kidneys so with the removal of one you can still function and live a healthy life. You will discuss with your doctor rather you will have your surgery done laparoscopy or open radically. The kidney cancer survival rate is about fifty percent.

Below are some pros and cons laparoscopic vs. open radical surgery as your kidney cancer treatment.

Pros of laparoscopic surgery: There is less blood loss, a much shorter hospital stay, less pain, therefore less narcotic. The scarring is at the bikini line, virtually undetectable.

Cons of laparoscopic surgery: It is hard to see any cons of laparoscopic surgery other than because the incision is so small, possibly parts of the cancer could be missed.

Pros of open radical surgery: since the incision is so large, the doctor is very likely not to miss any part of the cancer.

Cons of open radical surgery: Large loin incision, about twelve inches or more, extremely painful, many times a rib will need to be removed, prolonged hospital stay (at least 5-7 days), possible nerve or muscle damage resulting in an unsightly bulge.

As you can see the pros of laparoscopic surgery far outweigh the pros of open radical surgery. These days, most physicians opt to use laparoscopic surgery for kidney cancer treatment. You will want to be sure to discuss any kidney cancer treatment side effects with your doctor, so that you know what to expect.