What are the common surgical approaches used in the treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC)?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Kush Sachdeva, MD; Chief Editor: E Jason Abel, MD  more...
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At least three common approaches exist for removal of kidney cancer: the transperitoneal approach, the flank approach, and the thoracoabdominal approach. Which approach is used depends on the tumor location and size as well as the body habitus of the patient. The thoracoabdominal approach offers the advantage of palpation of the ipsilateral lung cavity and mediastinum, as well as the ability to resect solitary pulmonary metastases.


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