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Kidney cancer
Classification and external resources

Micrograph showing the most common type of kidney cancer (clear cell renal cell carcinoma). H&E stain.
MeSH D007680

Kidney cancer is a form of cancer that begins in the kidneys. Common forms include Wilms tumor, which occurs in children, and renal cell carcinoma.


Treatment of renal cancer depends on the type of cancer. For renal cell carcinoma, removing the kidney, (Nephrectomy), is the best treatment when the cancer is localized. Removing a part of the kidney, (partial nephrectomy) may also be an option for some patients.[1]