Kidney Cancer Treatment

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In 2016, 34.4% of patients diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer received a partial nephrectomy.

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Introduction

Kidney cancer, also called renal cell cancer, is one of the ten most common cancers in both men and women. Treatment options may include surgery (open or laparoscopic), local therapies such as ablation and embolization, active surveillance, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy (biological therapy), and chemotherapy. These treatments might be used alone or in combination, depending on various factors.

Surgery is the main treatment for most types of kidney cancer. Since 2000, the use of complete nephrectomy (removal of the whole kidney) in patients with localized kidney cancer or cancer in the immediate surrounding tissue (regional kidney cancer) has decreased, while the rate of partial nephrectomy (removal of only the affected part of the kidney) has increased. Partial nephrectomy is now the preferred treatment for patients with early stage kidney cancer, but there are patients with early stage disease for whom partial nephrectomy may not be possible. Studies have shown the long-term results of partial nephrectomy and complete nephrectomy are about the same. Also, partial nephrectomy may prevent serious side effects like chronic kidney disease.

Measure

Partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy in patients with localized/regional kidney cancer.

Healthy People 2020 Target

  • There are no Healthy People 2020 targets for cancer treatment, including kidney cancer treatment.

Healthy People 2020 is a set of goals set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Data Source

SEER 18 Registries, National Cancer Institute, 2000–2016.

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All Races, Ages 20+

Percent of patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2016)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 34.4 33.8 - 35.0
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 47.2 46.5 - 47.9

By Age

Ages 20-64
Percent of patients aged 20 - 64 years diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2016)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of patients aged 20 - 64 years diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 43.6 42.7 - 44.6
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 47.2 46.2 - 48.1
Ages 65 and Older
Percent of patients aged 65 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2016)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of patients aged 65 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 29.3 28.9 - 29.8
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 47.2 46.7 - 47.8

By Race/Ethnicity

White
Percent of White patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2016)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of White patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 34.8 34.3 - 35.4
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 47.5 46.9 - 48.1
Black
Percent of Black patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2016)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of Black patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 30.5 30.3 - 30.7
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 45.2 45.0 - 45.5
Hispanic
Percent of Hispanic patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2016)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of Hispanic patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 32.0 31.8 - 32.3
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 49.8 49.5 - 50.1
Asian/Pacific Islander
Percent of Asian/Pacific Islander patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2016)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of Asian/Pacific Islander patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 36.4 36.3 - 36.6
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 48.3 48.1 - 48.5
American Indian/Alaska Native
Percent of American Indian/Alaska Native patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2016)
Percent of patients 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percent of American Indian/Alaska Native patients aged 20 years and older diagnosed with localized/regional kidney cancer receiving partial nephrectomy or complete nephrectomy, 2000-2016 Partial nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Partial nephrectomy 23.6 23.5 - 23.6
Complete nephrectomyClick to see the detailed trend graph for Complete nephrectomy 52.1 52.1 - 52.2

Additional Information on Kidney Cancer Treatment

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Statistics

Year Range

2000-2016

Recent Summary Trend Year Range

2012-2016

Summary Tables

Kidney, Lung, Ovarian, Prostate

Recent Summary Trend

Stable

Desired Direction

Rising