Treatment Options for Kidney Cancer

Learn about the latest treatments for metastatic kidney cancer. We’ve got it covered, from new FDA approvals to emerging approaches in immunotherapy, targeted therapy, antiangiogenic drugs, drug combinations, and more.

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    Renal Cell Cancer Treatment: The Old, the Almost Old, and the New

    Emma Shtivelman, PhD

    Clear cell renal cell cancer (ccRCC) is the predominant type of kidney cancer, accounting for 70% to 75% of all kidney cancers. Here, I outline the current treatment landscape for… Read more »

  •   George Lundberg, MD

    Curated by Editor in Chief George Lundberg, MD, who notes:

    There are now many precision oncology treatments for the most common type of kidney cancer, renal cell carcinoma, which represents about 3% of all potentially lethal cancers in America. This summary from Medscape details all the traditional treatment approaches, as well as newer considerations.

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  •   George Lundberg, MD

    Article from GenomeWeb curated by Editor in Chief George Lundberg, MD, who notes: 

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the drug pembrolizumab (brand name Keytruda) for solid tumors based solely on whether they have a high tumor mutational burden—a high number of changes in the DNA of the cancer cells.

    Go to full article published by GenomeWeb.

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  •   George Lundberg, MD

    Article from Medscape curated by Editor in Chief George Lundberg, MD, who notes: 

    This piece describes huge improvements in the standard of care and outcomes from combo therapy in metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

    Go to full article published by Medscape.

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  •   George Lundberg, MD

    Article from Targeted Oncology curated by Editor in Chief George Lundberg, MD, who notes: 

    In recent clinical trials, the drug cabozantinib is being found to greatly increase progression-free survival.

    Go to full article published by Targeted Oncology.

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  •   George Lundberg, MD

    Article from Renal and Urology News curated by Editor in Chief George Lundberg, MD, who notes: 

    Microwave ablation has been shown to be a viable alternative to both radical and partial nephrectomy for kidney cancers that measure less than 7 cm in diameter. Outcomes for the two approaches are comparable.

    Go to full article published by Renal and Urology News.

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Living With Cancer

Cancer affects many aspects of life, whether you’re newly diagnosed, in the midst of treatment, or in follow-up care. Learn about ways to maintain quality of life, such as palliative care and managing side effects.

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    Pediatric Palliative Care: A Specialty Comes of Age

    Sarah Friebert, MD

    For a child with cancer, palliative care can provide much-needed relief from stress and symptoms—for the patient and their family alike. Palliative care is given alongside cancer treatment, and is… Read more »

  •   George Lundberg, MD

    Article from Medscape curated by Editor in Chief George Lundberg, MD, who notes: 

    Depression is, for obvious reasons, common in patients with advanced cancer. The old, inexpensive drug ketamine—already approved for medical use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—seems rapidly effective, according to small studies.

    Go to full article published by Medscape.

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    Emphasizing Oncogeriatrics

    With: Nicolò Matteo Luca Battisti, MD

    A Q&A with Nicolò Matteo Luca Battisti, MD, Medical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom, and Chair of the Young Interest Group of the International… Read more »

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    Best Uses of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Patients with Cancer

    With: Val Jones, MD

    A Q&A with Val Jones, MD, Medical Director of Admissions, Saint Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Spokane, WA Originally published February 1, 2017 Q: Your principal practice in Spokane, Washington is physical… Read more »

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    Huge Progress in Palliative Care

    With: Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP

    A Q&A with Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care; Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; New York, NY;… Read more »

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    Cancer Pain and the Opioid Epidemic

    George Lundberg, MD

    A Q&A with Kevin Sevarino, MD, PhD, President-elect of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and Consulting Psychiatrist at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT Q: Opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose… Read more »

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