Kidney cancer is the seventh most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S.,
with a lifetime risk of 1.5 percent, according to the National Cancer
Institute. Radiologic studies can lead to early detection of kidney tumors,and
when diagnosed and treated at an early stage, kidney cancer has a high
Kidney cancer can be treated effectively with surgical removal of the
tumor. Studies have shown that patients with renal cell carcinoma who
undergo partial removal of the kidney have longer survival when compared
to those who have the entire kidney removed. This surgery, called a partial
nephrectomy, is usually performed through a large flank incision, sometimes
requiring removal of a rib.Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery has dramatically
expanded the treatment options available to patients with urologic diseases,
including kidney cancer. I use thedaVinci® robot system to perform
partial nephrectomies through several small incisions. This translates
into significant benefits for patients, which may include less post-operative
pain, a shorter hospital stay and recovery, and returning to work in a
shorter period of time.
Another kidney sparing modality,cryoablation? (freezing), results in higher
local recurrence rates compared to surgical removal. The 2009 American
Urological Association (AUA) guidelines recommend ablative techniques
be reserved for patients who are high-risk surgical candidates.
Moses Kim, M.D., Ph.D. is a Urologist located at 25200 La Paz Road, Suite
#200, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. To schedule an appointment, call 949-855-1101.