The UCLA Kidney Cancer Program is a comprehensive team (medical, surgical, radiation) that are world-renowned experts in the diagnosis, management and treatment of the broad spectrum of kidney cancer - from localized tumors to the most complicated metastatic, or advanced, kidney cancers. There are numerous factors that are considered in assessing which kidney cancer treatment option is best suited for a patient, such as medical history, current health condition, clinical and diagnostic test results and patient preference. Other factors that are taken into account are the tumor size, location and stage of the disease. By having access to world leaders in pathology, cancer genomics, and molecular imaging, our clinicians can further optimize clinical care. Based on the final assessment, the multidisciplinary kidney cancer team will recommend atreatment plan personalized to one’s clinical situation which may include active surveillance, surgery, tumor ablation, radiation, systemic therapy, or various combinations of these options. Our team feels strongly that when various acceptable options exist, both the patient and physician must contribute to the medical decision-making process (shared decision-making).
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The UCLA Genitourinary Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment Program focuses on investigation into the potential genetic causes of an individual’s urologic cancer. Up to 5-10% of cancers are related to a genetic predisposition. If you have been diagnosed with a urologic cancer, UCLA’s team has specific referral criteria to determine if you should pursue genetic risk assessment to evaluate for a genetic cause of cancer. For those at greatest risk, often this knowledge can more precisely tailor a treatment plan that is optimal for you.
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The Department of Urology at UCLA is one of the most progressive and comprehensive urology programs in the country. Our faculty members work side by side with research scientists for new cures and treatments for kidney cancer.