• Kidney Cancer

    Fox Chase Surgeon Passes it on to the Next Generation

    by  • May 21, 2014 • General Interest, Kidney Cancer, News, Surgery

    Fox Chase surgeon Robert G. Uzzo, MD, FACS, is recognized for teaching the next generation of urologic surgeons. He received the American Urologic Association’s Residents Committee Teaching Award at the organizations annual meeting in May 2014. A nationally recognized leader in urologic oncology, Robert G. Uzzo, MD, FACS, understands the value of sharing his knowledge...

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    “Retro” Surgery is the Wave of the Future for Select Patients with Kidney and Adrenal Tumors

    by  • February 6, 2014 • Kidney Cancer, Surgery

    Minimally invasive surgery now offers many patients decreased blood loss, smaller incisions and quicker recovery. Advantages of laparoscopic and robotic surgery especially benefit patients undergoing surgery on the kidney, ureter or adrenal gland, since traditional open surgical techniques demand relatively painful large incisions to safely gain access to these organs. However, some patients have...

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    Kidney Cancer Treatment at Fox Chase

    by  • February 4, 2014 • Kidney Cancer

    If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a kidney tumor/mass, reliable information regarding this condition is often difficult to obtain.  It is important that you have a good understanding of the diagnostic and treatment options available in order to make an educated choice on how to best proceed with your treatment....

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    Breakthrough Study Advances Fight Against Kidney Cancer

    by  • July 23, 2013 • Cancer Genome Institute, Kidney Cancer, Scientific Research

    Last month, the clinicians and researchers that make up The Cancer Genome Atlas published a breakthrough report on the “Comprehensive molecular characterization of clear cell renal cell carcinoma”. The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) is an organized project sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health aiming to understand the types of molecular (=genetic, DNA-based)...

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    Customized Kidney Cancer Treatment, Tailor Made for Each Patient

    by  • July 23, 2013 • Cancer Vaccines, Clinical Trials, Kidney Cancer, Surgery

    The recent work of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) showing the underlying genetic changes for kidney cancer is groundbreaking, and it will lead to major progress in kidney cancer treatment (see related blog). But another exciting new therapy is already available today, and it captures the goals of “personalized medicine”— aiming for a uniquely...

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    Is Single Port Surgery Right for Me?

    by  • June 27, 2013 • Bladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Reconstructive Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Single Port Surgery, Surgery

    Advances in Minimally Invasive Surgery: Over the past twenty years, minimally invasive surgery has been successful in reducing the large scars associated with traditional surgery to a few scars less than one inch in length. As a result, our patients have experienced faster, easier recoveries with less pain and fewer complications.  During the past...

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    Objectifying Surgical Decision Making for Renal Masses

    by  • April 3, 2013 • Kidney Cancer, Uncategorized

    In the absence of level I evidence, physician treatment recommendations are subject not only to the objective (interpretations of the cohort literature and practice guidelines), but also the subjective (training patterns, comfort levels, biases and individual experiences).  Such is the case for management of the incidental renal mass where multiple therapeutic options exist.  This...

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    Partial nephrectomy may be a better treatment for kidney cancer

    by  • March 25, 2013 • Kidney Cancer, Robotic Surgery, Uncategorized

    The Perils of Kidney Wasting Surgery for Kidney Cancer: Why a partial nephrectomy is better than a total (radical) removal The broad application of cross sectional imaging has led to the incidental discovery of small renal masses (SRM) as the most common presentation for localized kidney cancer. Concurrent with this stage migration, technological efforts...

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    Adrenal Masses/Tumors Require a Thoughtful and Nuanced Approach

    by  • January 23, 2013 • Kidney Cancer, Robotic Surgery

    The adrenal glands are located in the area of the body known as the retroperitoneum, just above the kidneys.  These small paired organs serve a critical function in keeping the body’s physiological balance. Approximately 5 percent of individuals harbor tumors in their adrenal glands.  When these tumors are discovered on radiology scans performed for other...

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