Possibilities and limitations of partial nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma

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Abstract

Partial nephrectomy provides effective therapy for patients with localized renal cell carcinoma in whom preservation of renal function is important. Long-term cancer-free patient survival is comparable to that obtained after radical nephrectomy. The role of partial nephrectomy in patients with a normal opposite kidney is not yet established. Continued careful evaluation of patient outcome data is needed to define acceptable limits for this approach.

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