Kidney cancer


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Cancer that forms in the kidney tissues. Kidney cancer includes renal cell carcinoma, renal pelvis carcinoma and Wilms tumour. Renal cell carcinoma is a cancer that forms in the lining of the tiny tubes in the kidney that filter the blood and rid the body of waste products. Renal pelvis cancer is in turn a cancer that develops in the mid-section of the kidney, where the urine is collected. Wilms tumour is a type of kidney cancer that usually occurs in children under the age of five.



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Kidney cancer

Kidney tumour

Kidney tumor

Cancer of the kidney

Tumour of the kidney

Tumor of the kidney

Renal cancer

Renal tumour

Renal tumor

Renal carcinoma


Wilms tumour

Wilms tumor

Grawitz's tumour

Grawitz tumour

Grawitz's tumor

Grawitz tumor

Therapies by type

The following list of treatments is based on what we have found in scientific studies about cancer. More information about the listed therapies can be found under the tab THERAPIES. For registered drugs, radiotherapy and surgical interventions, approval by the authorities is given.

Surgical interventions

Procedures involving instrumental means to investigate or treat a cancer, or to improve the body’s functions or appearance. Generally, a surgical intervention involves an incision. More


Medical use of high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells and reduce tumor size. More

Registered drugs

Anti-cancer drugs with market authorization in the USA or in countries of the European Union. More

Cell-based therapies

Administration to patients of their own or someone else’s manipulated human cells. More

Natural products (excluding registered drugs)

Substances found in nature that usually have a pharmacological or biological activity. More

Energy based therapies

Use of electromagnetic energy including electricity, magnetic fields, radio waves, microwaves, infrared rays and light to diagnose or treat disease.

Clinical trials

A clinical trial is a research study conducted with patients to evaluate whether a new treatment is safe (safety) and whether it works (efficacy). Clinical trials are performed to test the efficacy of drugs but also non-drug treatments such as radiotherapy or surgery and combinations of different treatments. Clinical trials take place in all kinds of hospitals and clinics, but mostly in academic hospitals. They are organized by researchers and doctors.

The Anticancer Fund provides a tool to search for phase III clinical trials by type of cancer and by country. For Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France and the UK, the Anticancer Fund provides contacts to get more information about the phase III clinical trials currently ongoing. Discuss the possibilities of participating in one of these clinical trials with your doctor.

The list of the phase III clinical trials for kidney cancer is available here.