NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Kidney Cancer, Version 1.2017
A pair of organs that filter blood and remove waste from the
body through urine.
Surgery that uses small tools and a laparoscope—a thin
tube with a light and camera at the end—inserted through a
few small cuts in the belly area.
An organ that removes waste from blood and makes a liquid
that helps to digest food.
A description of how well the liver is working.
liver function test
A blood test that measures chemicals that are made or
processed by the liver to check how well the liver is working.
A controlled loss of feeling in a small area of the body from
Cancer that has come back after treatment in or near the
same place as the first (primary) tumor.
One of a pair of organs in the chest that is made of airways
and air sacs and supplies the body with oxygen.
A clear fluid containing white blood cells that fight infection
Small groups of special disease-fighting cells located
throughout the body.
Tubes that carry lymph—a clear fluid containing white blood
cells that fight disease and infection—throughout the body
and connect lymph nodes to one another.
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
A test that uses radio waves and powerful magnets to make
pictures of the inside of the body.
All health events and medications taken to date.
A doctor who’s an expert in treating cancer with drugs.
Surgery to remove tumors that formed far from the first site
Tumors formed by cancer cells that have spread from the
first tumor to other parts of the body.
The spread of cancer cells from the first tumor to another
Containing cancer cells that have spread from the first
A tool that uses lenses to see very small things the eyes
A type of immune system protein made in a lab that can
attach to substances in the body such as cancer cells.
A protein in cells that sends chemical signals for cell growth
A drug that blocks the action of mTOR—a protein in cells
that sends chemical signals for cell growth and survival.
Surgery that removes a kidney.
nephrogenic systemic sclerosis
A health condition that causes abnormal thickening and
hardening of the skin and may affect other soft tissues.
non-clear cell RCC
Subtypes of RCC (renal cell carcinoma) other than clear
cell, based on how the cancer cells look when viewed with a
Removal of tissue through one large cut.
Treatment for symptoms of a disease. Also sometimes
called supportive care.
Surgery that is used to relieve symptoms caused by the