Kidney Cancer


Renal cell carcinoma is a type of kidney cancer in which the cancerous cells are found in the lining of very small tubes (tubules) in the kidney.

Wake Forest Baptist Approach

The incidence of kidney cancer is increasing in the U.S. Many tumors are detected very early, expanding the role of laparoscopic and robotic surgery to remove them. Wake Forest Baptist uses the technology to remove the tumor and spare the remainder of the organ – when possible – and for the removal of the entire kidney.

The Department of Urology is the point of entry for patients with kidney cancer. For convenience and ease of access, the Urology Center has easy parking and is located just minutes from Business 40. The facility offers endoscopic procedures, CT scans, ultrasound and lab studies all in one location.

Wake Forest Baptist takes a team approach to care with surgeons, medical oncologists, interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists working together to determine the best options for each patient.

Recent studies have underscored the importance of renal function on the overall health of an individual. For that reason, our surgeons are aggressive in pursuing kidney-sparing treatments whenever technically feasible to do so.

“The question is not whether a tumor can be removed using laparoscopic or robotic surgery. The real issue is, can a tumor be removed without removing the entire kidney? Then, laparoscopic or robotic techniques are employed whenever feasible to do so,” said Joseph Pettus, MD, specialist in urologic cancers.

The team’s interventional radiologists, headed by Ronald Zagoria, MD, and Raymond B. Dyer, MD, have earned national and international recognition for the use of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in treating le­sions for which surgery is not an option. Both have authored definitive textbooks on urologic radiology and have been teachers for the American Urological Association’s review course for urologists taking their boards. Their opinion on diagnosis is routinely sought from other medical centers and patients at Wake Forest Baptist have the great advantage of having their urology films routinely read by these experts.


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