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After receiving a kidney cancer diagnosis (or even a possible diagnosis), it can be difficult and overwhelming to decide where you should receive treatment. The Kidney Cancer Association is excited to launch this Treatment Center Finder, which includes urologists, surgeons, and medical oncologists from around the United States.

Factors to Consider When Selecting a Provider

We know there may be several factors to consider after receiving a kidney cancer diagnosis:

  • Do you want to find a doctor close to home (or close to relatives) to reduce travel during treatment and be close to the doctor should you have complications or side effects?
  • Do you want to find a doctor at an institution where there are a lot of services available to you should you need them throughout treatment?
  • Do you want to find a doctor who sees a high volume of kidney cancer patients?
  • Or another factor important to you.
Types of Practices and Providers

You’ll find a variety of centers with options in 48 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico: large community practices, regional health systems, and academic medical centers.

Two types of providers can be found within the tool:

  1. Urologists/surgeons: a doctor who specializes in treating problems of the urinary tract, which includes your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. They can do surgery to remove your kidney tumor.
    • When you might see this specialist:
      • Your kidney mass is only located in your kidney or pelvic area; the doctor will help determine if the mass is cancer or another type of growth and how it should be treated (surgery or another option).
  2. Medical oncologists: a doctor who treats kidney cancer with medicines.
    • When you might see this specialist:
      • You have been told you have kidney cancer; it has spread from your kidney to other areas of your body; and medications are needed to treat your cancer.
      • You had surgery to remove your kidney mass; your pathology results show that you have kidney cancer and have a high risk that your cancer may recur (return); and you may need medication to prevent any remaining amounts of cancer from spreading (adjuvant treatment).

This is not a complete list of scenarios. Additional types of providers, like radiation oncologists or interventional radiologists, may also be needed to treat your cancer, but are not included in the tool at this time.

Learn about the Selection Criteria

The providers listed in this tool meet criteria that the KCA has determined to be important when selecting a kidney cancer provider. Using data provided by our partner, Komodo Health, we evaluated providers by the following factors:

  • The overall number of patients that a provider sees in comparison to similar providers — this could be any condition, not kidney cancer specifically
  • Of those providers who see a high number of patients overall, we then looked at the percentage of patients they see who have kidney cancer
    • For every 10 patients each provider sees, at least 1 has a kidney cancer diagnosis (10% or more of their patients have kidney cancer)
    • However, in an effort to provide a robust list of providers and institutions, for the providers listed in the states below, for every 20 patients each provider sees, at least 1 has a kidney cancer diagnosis (5% or more of their patients have kidney cancer)
      • Alaska, Delaware, Hawai’i, Idaho, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont

It’s important to note that the providers listed in the Treatment Center Finder are not being evaluated by any other factors. They’re also listed in alphabetical order on their practice display card. If your provider is not listed within the Treatment Center Finder, that does not mean they cannot treat kidney cancer; it simply means they did not meet the KCA’s requirements to be included at this time.

We hope this Treatment Center Finder helps you make the important decision about where to receive your kidney cancer care.