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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

:

Kidney Cancer, Version 1.2017

1

Kidney cancer basics

What are the kidneys?

Figure 1.2 - The kidney and adrenal gland

Adrenal gland

Kidney

Fatty tissue

Gerota’s

fascia

Figure 2

The kidney and adrenal

gland

An adrenal gland sits on

top of each kidney. The

kidney and adrenal gland

are surrounded by a layer of

fatty tissue. Surrounding the

fat is a layer of fibrous tissue

called Gerota’s fascia.

Figure 1.1 - The kidneys and urinary system

Kidney

Kidney

Ureter

Ureter

Spine

Bladder

Urethra

Vena cava

Figure 1

The kidneys and urinary

system

The kidneys are a pair of

organs in the abdomen. The

kidneys are the main organs

of the urinary system. They

filter waste out of blood and

make urine. The ureters,

bladder, and urethra hold

and transport urine before it

is released from the body.

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Derivative work of Kidney and Adrenal Gland by Alan Hoofring from NCI Visuals Online. Available at: https://

visualsonline.cancer.gov/details.cfm?imageid=4355