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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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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.