Kidney cancer can form in the small tubes inside the kidney. Those tubes are located in the center of the kidney where urine collects and used to filter blood. Each year, kidney cancer is diagnosed in about 190,000 people worldwide. Kidney cancer is slightly more common in men and is usually diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 70. The most common kidney cancer is called renal cell carcinoma. It is important to realize that with early diagnosis and treatment, kidney cancer can be cured. If found early, the survival rate for patients with kidney cancer ranges from 79 to 100 percent.
If your doctor recommends surgery for kidney cancer, you may be a candidate for a new, minimally invasive approach — da Vinci Surgery. da Vinci Surgery uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor perform a more precise operation than conventional surgery. It offers several potential benefits over conventional open surgery, including:
Robotic surgery for kidney cancer incorporates the best techniques of open surgery and applies them to a robotic-assisted, minimally invasive approach. The precision and dexterity of the da Vinci Surgical System’s advanced instrumentation facilitates a minimally invasive approach for treating kidney cancer.