Kidney cancer (also called renal cell carcinoma or renal adenocarcinoma) is a disease in which cancer cells are found in the lining of very small tubes in the kidney. These cells can destroy the lining and spread to other parts of the body.

The specialists at GW Cancer Center’s Urologic Oncology program offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options for patients with kidney cancer. We perform more minimally invasive surgeries for kidney cancer than any other center in the region.

Specialty Care for Kidney Cancer

Our caring specialists will help you understand and manage a kidney cancer diagnosis. Because we know every patient is unique, we take the time to develop an individualized treatment plan that will deliver the best outcomes.

Our program offers a clinic where patients can meet with several cancer specialists in one visit. Our team of specialists work together to gather information using advanced detection tools. We then collaborate to analyze the information and create a treatment plan that will deliver the best results. Treatments may include participation in life-saving clinical trials.

Kidney Cancer Program Information

Collaborative Care
  • Patient navigators support patients who have been diagnosed with kidney cancer. Navigators steer patients through the process. They even help them with the financial aspects of a cancer diagnosis, such as working with insurers.
  • We offer a multidisciplinary clinic where patients can conveniently interact with several specialists in one visit. Our team works together to provide an accurate diagnosis and to create the best treatment plan.
Clinical Research

Patients in clinical trials benefit from the latest developments in the field.

GW Cancer Center partners with these organizations to offer clinical trials for patients with kidney cancer:

  • The Genitourinary Multidisciplinary D.C. Regional Oncology Project (GUMDROP)
  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG)
‌Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment

GW Cancer Center offers specialized screening and treatment for kidney cancer.

  • We perform more minimally invasive surgical procedures for kidney cancer than anyone in the region. 
  • We offer a clinical trial to understand how immunotherapy can be beneficial for patients with kidney cancer. Immunotherapy enhances the body's ability to fight cancer.
‌Leading Edge Technology

We offer da Vinci® robotic surgery. Using tiny incisions, we can remove the tumor mass or the entire kidney, and surrounding tissues and lymph nodes. The da Vinci® robot offers surgeons more precision to minimize potential side effects. This minimally invasive procedure may result in less scarring and shorter hospital stays.

Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer is treated within the GW Radiation Oncology & Urological Oncology Program

Radiation Oncology Machine
  • World-Renowned Patient Care
  • The GW Cancer Center’s Radiation Oncology Program is world-renowned for offering the highest level of radiation delivery and care to patients, while advancing treatments for future patients. Using state-of-the-art technologies, GW radiation oncologists deliver powerful doses of radiation directly to the tumor with exquisite precision. The approaches we use reduce the number of sessions required for radiation treatment in comparison with more conventional approaches, while also limiting side effects.

Radiation Oncology & Urological Oncology Program Information

Our radiation oncologists are committed to the practice of evidence-based medicine and continually find new and better treatment options that improve patient outcomes in the treatment of cancer. Our team works to offer the highest level of safety during every step of treatment. We collaborate closely with highly trained medical physicists in sub-specialized teams to create an individualized radiation treatment plan for every patient. Radiation therapists are present during each radiation procedure to ensure the correct dose of radiation is being delivered precisely where it's needed.

We provide patients with a wide range of radiation oncology services, including:

Our goal is to deliver high quality medical care and services to patients, to conduct clinical, translational, and basic scientific research, and to provide educational opportunities to patients, health care workers, and the community. Our dedicated, supportive staff will make you feel comfortable while you receive the personalized, world-class medical care you expect from the GW Cancer Center. Take the first step and schedule an appointment today.

Program Information

Collaborative Care
  • At GW, we have strength in our colleagues, with whom we work closely to design, optimize, and implement patient-individualized radiation therapy treatments. These include our world-class specialists in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, surgical oncology, medical oncology and internal medicine.
  • We collaborate closely with highly trained medical physicists in sub-specialized teams to create an individualized radiation treatment plan for every patient. Radiation therapists are present during each radiation procedure to ensure the correct dose of radiation is being delivered precisely where it’s needed.
  • During treatment, we will follow your cancer treatment on a routine and as-needed basis, in order to assess treatment response, manage any and all potential side effects as well as offer any further treatments that may be beneficial. Furthermore, you can expect that our expert radiation oncologists and clinical supporting staff at GW will treat you with the utmost care and respect.
  • We also offer the services of a patient navigator who can help with care coordination, communication and many other patient needs or barriers to care.
  • Our team consists of nationally renowned specialists in medical and radiation oncology, as well as cross-disciplinary collaboration with experts from across GW.
Clinical Research
  • We are investigating approaches to combine radiation therapy with other treatment methods, including immunotherapy.
  • We are cutting-edge, pushing the clinical and technological envelope forward for the benefit of our patients.
  • We believe in developing clinical protocols to continuously improve the treatment paradigm for cancer patients everywhere.
  • We collaborate with researchers across GW to bring the latest therapies from bench to bedside.
Advanced Treatment
  • We utilize state-of-the-art radiation machines such as the TrueBeamTM STx to deliver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
  • We provide patients numerous options for radiation therapy, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), 3D conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and brachytherapy (interstitial, intracavitary, HDR and LDR).
  • Our radiation oncologists are committed to the practice of evidence-based medicine and continually find new and better treatment options that improve patient outcomes in the treatment of cancer. Our team works to offer the highest level of safety during every step of treatment.
  • Our dedicated staff also offer supportive care and resources throughout your time at GW.
Leading Edge Technology

The GW Cancer Center provides patients with access to the latest technology in radiation oncology, including:

  • State-of-the-art radiation machines such as the TrueBeamTM STx to deliver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), a specialized form of radiation that precisely targets tumors
  • Systematic therapies including immunotherapy and targeted therapies (drugs that work at the molecular level to stop cancer)

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