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Types of Kidney Cancer

Renal cell carcinoma:

Transitional cell carcinoma:

Rarer types of kidney cancer:

In the early stages, primary kidney cancer forms a tumour that is confined to the kidney. However, as the cancer grows, it may spread (metastasise) to other parts of the body.

Kidney cancer may be a secondary cancer which has spread from a primary cancer in another part of the body.


Surgery is the main treatment for people with kidney cancer, although it is not possible for all patients. There are two main types of surgery for renal cell carcinoma.

A radical nephrectomy

A partial nephrectomy

Kidney surgery is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic. The surgeon will remove as much of the cancer as possible through a cut in the side of your abdomen.
You may be able to have keyhole surgery (laparoscopy) through several small incisions.