Percutaneous ablation for small renal masses

Current guidelines recommend partial nephrectomy as the preferred treatment option for small renal masses. Percutaneous ablation, such as radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation, are mainly considered for patients who are not suitable for surgery or who have other conditions (co-morbidities) that make them unfit for surgery. There is currently a lack of evidence comparing partial nephrectomy […]

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Renal mass biopsy in the management of kidney cancer

A review of the evolving field of the management of renal masses has been published in the Canadian Urological Association Journal. In this review, an expert panel from the Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada provided the following recommendations: Renal mass biopsy should be offered to patients if the results of the biopsy will change […]

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Universal active surveillance for small renal masses

A study presented at the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) in Washington, USA last week concluded that universal initial active surveillance for patients with small renal masses (SRMs) less than 3 cm in diameter using predefined progression criteria can safely delay or avoid treatment for most patients. In the study, active surveillance was recommended for […]

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Partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer

At the recent Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) conference in Washington, USA, Dr Steven Campbell reviewed the controversial topic of nephron-sparing surgery (partial nephrectomy) for stage cT1b-T2 kidney masses, i.e. tumours that are confined to the kidney but which are greater than 4 cm in diameter. Partial nephrectomy is recommended for small renal masses (stage […]

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IKCS 2019: Management of small renal masses

In this video interview, Dr Eric Singer from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, USA discusses the management of small renal masses at the International Kidney Cancer Symposium (IKCS) in Miami earlier this month. Watch the video interview on Oncology Tube here

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Incidence and pattern of recurrence of kidney cancer after robotic partial nephrectomy

A recent study has shown the incidence and pattern of recurrence of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in patients who underwent robotic partial nephrectomy for a small renal mass between September 2009 and March 2018. A total of 335 patients with a small renal mass underwent robotic partial nephrectomy, 269 patients of which were found to […]

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Outcomes following partial nephrectomy and percutaneous ablation for small renal masses

A study published in European Urology presents retrospective data from the Mayo Clinic in America regarding their experience with partial nephrectomy, percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and percutaneous cryoablation for small renal masses (less than 4 cm, stage cT1). Long-term follow-up data from 1798 patients with primary cT1N0M0 renal tumours were treated with partial nephrectomy, RFA […]

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Extended duration of active surveillance of small renal masses

A recent study published in the Journal of Urology evaluated the outcomes of 103 patients with small renal masses (<6 cm) who were on active surveillance. The patients were followed for a median of 55.5 months, and in that time only 1% died of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Of the 103 patients, 51.5% survived […]

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Microwave ablation for early stage renal masses

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, USA, have published a retrospective review of the use of microwave ablation in the¬†American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR).¬†The review describes percutaneous (through the skin) microwave ablation as a promising treatment for patients with early stage (T1) renal tumours. However, more research into the selection of patients due to […]

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Potential urine biomarkers for small renal masses

A recent study, published in the International Journal of Urology, has identified two potential biomarkers for the presence of malignant small renal masses in the urine. The study investigated aquaporin 1 and perilipin 2 to determine if these biomarkers were predictive of malignancy. During the study with 57 patients, the presence of aquaporin 1 and […]

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