Kidney Cancer

We are entering a new era of treatment for kidney cancer, and renal cell carcinoma — the most common type of kidney cancer — with the advent of innovative, FDA-approved drugs and other approaches that target kidney cancer cells differently from before. Virginia Mason is on the forefront of these developments. Our multidisciplinary team that cares for kidney cancer patients includes experienced and highly skilled surgeons, oncologists and kidney specialists who work with other health-care professionals to develop a targeted and focused approach to diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Every treatment plan is uniquely developed for each patient, taking into account his or her needs and particular type of kidney cancer.

State-of-the-Art Kidney Cancer Treatment

Surgery and chemotherapy are used in the treatment of kidney cancer. The surgical expertise at Virginia Mason is unequaled and minimally-invasive procedures are often used that shorten a patient's hospital stay and speed up recovery. State-of-the-art chemotherapy is also a hallmark of kidney cancer treatment at Virginia Mason. With early diagnosis and proper treatment, patients can recover and resume their lives while attentive follow-up is done to ensure their continued health and wellness.

Clinical Trials

Virginia Mason is relentlessly devoted to providing excellent health care. This commitment includes conducting clinical research studies that may improve the way we diagnose, treat and prevent disease. Benaroya Research Institute (BRI), oversees all clinical research at Virginia Mason, uniquely combining the expertise of a world-renowned medical research institute with the remarkable care of a health care quality leader.

For more than 20 years, the goal of our clinical research program has been to provide each of our patients with a research option at every step of their disease, from initial diagnosis to long-term follow-up. Our trials include the use of chemotherapy, radiation and targeted therapies, as well quality of life/symptom management trials. Learn more about our current kidney cancer clinical trials.

Personal Guidance

Kidney cancer patients have a care coordinator assigned to them to answer questions and coordinate treatment. This person is with each patient every step of the way — from diagnosis through treatment and recovery.

Wellness and Rehabilitation

Patient needs are continually assessed and addressed to minimize the effect of kidney cancer on overall health and happiness. We enhance our patients' quality of life — in treatment and recovery — through an emphasis on cancer wellness and rehabilitation, including recommendations and support for nutrition and exercise.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call (206) 223-6772.