What are the AUA treatment guidelines for stage I renal mass in renal cell carcinoma (RCC)?

Updated: Feb 19, 2021
  • Author: Kush Sachdeva, MD; Chief Editor: E Jason Abel, MD  more...
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In patients with a clinical T1a renal mass for which intervention is indicated, the American Urological Association (AUA) guideline recommends prioritizing partial nephrectomy, as it minimizes the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) or CKD progression and is associated with favorable oncologic outcomes, including excellent local control (Moderate Recommendation; Evidence Level: Grade B). [20]

Thermal ablation may be considered as an alternate approach for the management of cT1a renal masses 20</ref>

Thermal ablation may be performed using radiofrequency or cryoablation. A percutaneous technique is preferred over a surgical approach whenever feasible, to minimize morbidity. (Conditional Recommendation; Evidence Level: Grade C). [20]

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