NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Kidney Cancer, Version 1.2017
How to use this book
Who should read this book?
This book is about treatment for renal cell carcinoma,
which is the most common type of kidney cancer
in adults. It does not focus on transitional cell
carcinoma, Wilms tumor, or renal sarcoma. This
book is for people with kidney cancer and those who
support them like caregivers, family, and friends.
Are the book chapters in a
Early chapters explain concepts that are repeated in
later chapters. Starting with
may be helpful. It
explains what kidney cancer is and how this cancer
covers health tests and other
care needed before starting treatment.
Tests that help doctors plan treatment are described
. This chapter discusses the cancer stages
of kidney cancer. Your treatment plan will be partly
based on the cancer stage.
An overview of treatments for kidney cancer are
. Knowing what a treatment is
will help you understand your options. Treatment
options are presented in
questions for your doctors and directs you to online
Does this book include all
This book includes information for many situations.
Your treatment team can help. They can point out
what information applies to you. They can also give
you more information. As you read through this book,
you may find it helpful to make a list of questions to
ask your doctors.
The recommendations in this book are based on
science and the experience of NCCN experts.
However, these recommendations may not be right
for your situation. Your doctors may suggest other
tests and treatments based on your health and other
factors. If other recommendations are given, feel free
to ask your treatment team questions.
Help! What do the words
In this book, many medical words are included.
These are words you will likely hear from your
treatment team. Most of these words may be new to
you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading
and review the information. Feel free to ask your
treatment team to explain a word or phrase that you
don’t understand. Words that you may not know are
defined in the text or in the
. Acronyms are
also defined when first used and in the
One example is RCC for