What is the role of surgery in the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC)?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Kush Sachdeva, MD; Chief Editor: E Jason Abel, MD  more...
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About 25-30% of patients have metastatic disease at diagnosis, and fewer than 5% have a solitary metastasis. Surgical resection is recommended in selected patients with metastatic renal carcinoma. This procedure may not be curative in all patients but may lead to long-term survival in some cases. The possibility of disease-free survival increases after resection of primary tumor and excision of isolated metastasis.


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