Individuals seeking comprehensive kidney cancer treatment in the St. Petersburg, Florida, area can trust the experts within Moffitt Cancer Center’s Urologic Oncology Program. Each new patient’s case is carefully reviewed by our tumor board – a multispecialty team of experts comprised of oncologists, surgeons, radiologists and other professionals. Drawing from years of clinical practice, the tumor board will collaboratively develop an individualized treatment plan that will be most effective in fighting the patient’s specific type of cancer.
At Moffitt, we understand that each individual cancer is different and requires tailored treatment to achieve the best possible outcome. Depending on the size, location and stage of a patient’s tumor, his or her kidney cancer treatment plan may include one of more of the following:
- Surgery – Part or all of the patient’s affected kidney is removed, sometimes along with surrounding tissue, the adrenal gland and nearby lymph nodes.
- Chemotherapy – Powerful drugs are administered either intravenously or orally to attack and destroy cancer cells.
- Radiation therapy – High-energy X-rays are administered to destroy cancer cells or prevent them from spreading.
- Immunotherapy – Cancer-fighting substances, often derived from the patient’s own body are used to help the patient’s immune system combat cancerous cells.
Additionally, Moffitt offers a wide range of supportive care services under the same roof in order to help patients cope with the challenges of undergoing kidney cancer treatment. These supportive care specialists range from dietitians and physical therapists to counselors and social workers, so Moffitt patients can have full faith that we can meet their various physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Furthermore, patients in our kidney cancer program may have the opportunity to participate in one of our clinical trials, where they will receive leading-edge kidney cancer treatments before they are made widely available. In fact, our commitment to remaining at the forefront of cancer research and treatment has led to our designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.