Kidney cancer

Kidney cancer treatment at GenesisCare

At GenesisCare, we are specialists in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating all types of cancer, including kidney cancer. Our urologists and kidney surgeons are highly skilled doctors who specialise in conditions affecting the urinary system, including the kidneys. They work together to evaluate the newest, evidence-based approaches so we can offer these to every patient – without delay.

Chapter 1

Treatment overview

Kidney cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK, but early diagnosis and treatment can mean a positive outcome for many.

We are the UK’s leading specialist private cancer care provider. By choosing us, you can be reassured that your treatment will be managed by a team of specialists working together and with you to decide a personalised care plan for your diagnosis. 

This may include radiotherapy, surgery, targeted therapy or immunotherapy. We combine this with integrative care such as exercise medicine and psychological support, carefully planned to help you to achieve the optimum outcome.  

This is our commitment to offer world-class care to every patient with cancer.  

Appointments may be as soon as 24 hours. Some clinics operate three days a week and you’ll be offered the next available appointment.

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These web pages provide more information about kidney cancer treatment at GenesisCare. If you would like to contact us in confidence, we will be happy to answer any of your questions.
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Chapter 2

Diagnostics

For anyone concerned about kidney cancer symptoms, we offer specialist kidney cancer diagnosis at our UrologyHub clinics with rapid access to tests and scansThese clinics are run by leading consultant urologists who offer a full range of diagnostic tests, including an examination, ultrasound scan and biopsies, as well as other imaging modalities. Appointments are usually available within 24 hours with same-day resultsYou can book an appointment at one of our Urology Hubs without the need to first see your GP. 

Kidney cancer symptoms

Apart from blood in the urine, kidney cancer does not often cause specific symptoms. Many symptoms that have been associated with kidney cancer are common and not specific, such as lower back ache, fatigue or high blood pressure. Many times, kidney cancer is found during scans that are being undertaken for another reason, therefore found by chance. 

If you’re concerned, you should seek medical advice. You can book an appointment at one of our UrologyHubs without the need to first see your GP 

UrologyHub

UrologyHub offers fast and easy access to expert urologists and diagnostic services for a wide range of health conditions related to the urinary tract, bladder, kidneys and prostate.
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Chapter 3

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy uses targeted, high-energy radiation beams to destroy cancer cells.  

At GenesisCare, we are the leading private provider of radiotherapy in the UK, and offer world-class expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and advanced radiotherapy techniques. Our latest-generation radiotherapy machines (called linacs) deliver highly targeted radiation beams that are designed to be effective while minimising the radiation dose to healthy tissues. 

Your treatment will be governed by our expert multidisciplinary teams (eMDTs), consisting of oncologists, radiotherapists and medical physicists. They’ll work together to ensure that you receive only the best possible care. 

Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) is a modern radiotherapy technique which directs beams of radiation in an arc across the treatment area. Together with surface-guided radiotherapy (SGRT), it’s possible to precisely target areas of cancer, adjusting the beam and intensity of the radiation dose to allow for movements in the body and avoid healthy tissues. Side effects of radiotherapy occur when healthy tissues receive radiation, so using this technique helps to limit the dose to tissues and organs surrounding the tumour. At GenesisCare we offer VMAT wherever possible because it is widely recognised to be the highest standard of care currently available for patients needing this type of radiotherapy. 

Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) is a highprecision form of radiotherapy that allows large doses of radiation to be accurately delivered to a target while keeping the surrounding areas within a much lower dose. SABR has emerged as an excellent treatment for kidney cancers in recent years. 

At GenesisCare, we have the UK’s first MRIdian MR linac machine, which delivers MRI-guided SABR. MRI-guided SABR uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with live images to see exactly where a tumour is at the same time as treating it. This next-generation technology automatically shuts off the radiation beam when the tumour moves out of the target area, for example, due to breathing. This means SABR can be delivered effectively yet safely by avoiding the healthy kidney tissue and organs surrounding the tumour, such as the bowel or spine. For kidney cancers, this provides an alternative to surgery and other treatments which may not be suitable for some patients. 

Find out more about MRIdian for kidney cancer 

We can also provide palliative VMAT radiotherapy for those living with advanced kidney cancer, where it has spread to areas of the body beyond the kidney. We understand that fast access to palliative care is paramount and can usually provide treatment within 48 hours of a planning imaging scan. 

Side effects

No treatment is without side effects. Your doctor will explain these to you before you start your course of radiotherapy, together with the ways your treatment plan and supporting care can help to manage or minimise these. 

Chapter 4

Surgery

Surgery is often the first treatment choice for kidney cancers

Our consultants have close relationships with expert surgeons from both local and nationally-renowned hospitals. They’ll work together with other cancer specialists to decide the best course of treatment for you. If your consultant recommends kidney cancer surgery (for example, partial nephrectomy to remove the part of your kidney containing the cancer) this can be arranged conveniently at one of our partner hospitalsYou can then continue your other treatments at GenesisCare. 

There are various different procedures for kidney cancer surgery, and your surgeon will recommend the most appropriate technique depending on the size and stage of your tumour. Less invasive forms of kidney cancer treatments include embolisation (blocking an artery or vein to deny blood flow to the affected region) and ablative therapies such as cryotherapy and radiofrequency ablation. These are also available at our partner hospitals. You can then continue your other treatments and care at GenesisCare.  

Side effects

No treatment is without side effects. Your doctor will explain these to you, together with the ways your treatment plan and supporting care can help to manage or minimise these. 

Chapter 5

Drug treatments

If kidney cancer has spread to other parts of the body, it is called advanced or metastatic kidney cancer. At GenesisCare, we offer all drug therapies that can be used to treat and manage advanced kidney cancer, including many of the newest treatments. Our compassionate nursing teams are available 24/7 on a dedicated on-call telephone service, and they can answer any queries during your treatment. They’ll be able to provide advice about side effects or symptoms and help arrange appropriate medical care when needed.

Our centres have all received the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark to reflect the quality of care we provide for people living with cancer.

There are different types of drug treatments, also called systemic anti-cancer therapies, that are used to treat advanced kidney cancer. They can be delivered as single drug treatments or in combination with each other. Our expert teams continually review and assess new treatments to make these available to GenesisCare patients as early as possible. 

Targeted therapy  

Targeted (also called biologicaltherapies are a specialised group of drugs that have been designed to attack the cellular activity that your cancer depends on to survive and grow. There are many different targeted therapies available and these may be used to stop the cancer from growing or spreading.  

Immunotherapy  

Immunotherapies can also be used to manage some advanced kidney cancersThey work by helping your body’s own immune system to more effectively fight the cancer cellsThese may be given as a single drug or in combination. 

Personalised medicine 

For some advanced cancers, we use specialist tests, such as liquid biopsy or genomic testing, to understand the genetic make-up of cancer cells. This helps us to identify which drugs are available to work against the particular genetic mutations in a cancer, allowing us to start effective treatment without delay. 

There may also be opportunities to access clinical trials for the newest treatments for kidney cancer. 

Side effects 

No treatment is without side effects. Your doctor will explain these to you depending on your drug treatment, together with the ways your treatment plan and supporting care can help to manage or minimise these. 

Chapter 6

Integrative care

At GenesisCare, we do more than just treat your cancer. As part of our unique and integrative approach to cancer care, you can expect the best possible care and a personalised treatment plan that includes access to life-changing therapies which are proven to improve cancer-related outcomes. These therapies will be tailored to you to help you manage and cope with your cancer as well as the specific side effects of treatment.

Exercise medicine

A personalised programme of carefully planned and supported physical activity has been shown to improve outcomes for cancer patients, by enhancing their quality of life and limiting the impact of cancer, such as by improving strength and reducing fatigue. One of our physiotherapists specialising in exercise for people living with cancer will provide a 12-week programme tailored to you supported by our dedicated GenesisCare Exercise Medicine app. They’ll work closely with you to monitor changes in your health and support you throughout the programme to help you get the best results. 

Wellbeing

We also offer a wellbeing expert and holistic therapies such as counselling, acupuncture, massage and reflexology through our unique partnership with the Penny Brohn UK charity. This service is available to all kidney cancer patients at any of our 14 UK centres 

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Chapter 7

Why choose us?

GenesisCare is a leading private provider of cancer care, offering the latest innovations and techniques that are proven to be safe and effective. Having your cancer treatment with us means you can access the latest techniques and start treatment quickly and conveniently under the care of a team of experts including consultant oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, radiographers and nurses. They’ll design a personalised care plan based around your diagnosis and preferences, with treatment starting within days if needed. Every patient is also supported through their journey with life-changing therapies, such as exercise medicine and psychological support.

Our dedicated cancer centres are convenient and easy-to-access. You can use your private medical insurance, and were recognised by all medical insurance providers. You can get a referral to one of our consultant urologists from your GP or directly via one of our UrologyHubs. Self-pay prices are also available for all diagnostics and treatments on request. 

Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, our priority is to continue providing the very best cancer care. We have meticulous measures in place to ensure our patients receive the treatments they need safely and without delay. You can find out more about our COVID-19 safety measures here. 

We are proud that so many patients rate our care as excellent as we help them through their cancer journey. Find out more about the unique experiences of people who have had their cancer diagnosis or treatment at GenesisCare in our patient stories section.