Lay Title: The Enhanced Renal Mass Biopsy
Technical Title: The Enhanced Renal Mass Biopsy: Impact on Clinical Decision-Making for the Localized Renal Mass
Disease Type: Individuals who have a renal mass and a prior renal biopsy but have not yet decided on management.
Renal masses may be cancer or benign tumors. Renal biopsies can sample the tissue prior to treatment. There are limitations of what a biopsy can provide and often patients proceed with surgery due to uncertainty about the aggressiveness of the tumor. Genetic analyses are possible on the tissue removed from a biopsy and can provide further information on a tumor’s future behavior. We are interested in understanding how this genetic information can help a patient decide on which treatment may be best for them.
Research Procedures (not a complete list):
Individuals who have a renal mass and a prior renal biopsy but have not yet decided on management. The prior tumor biopsy will be tested to see which genetic changes are present. We will administer a brief questionnaire before and after patients are informed about the results to see if management strategies are influenced. After the questionnaire, the research team will record the ultimate management strategy performed.
Eligibility Criteria (Not a complete list):
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