Clinical update

Kidney cancer

Read our update on kidney cancer, which is the seventh most common cancer in the UK and is increasing mainly due to lifestyles.

Read our update on kidney cancer, which is the seventh most common cancer in the UK and is increasing mainly due to lifestyles

An X-ray of the left kidney of a patient with renal clear cell carcinoma. Picture: Science Photo Library

Essential facts

Kidney cancer is the seventh most common cancer in the UK, with 12,500 cases diagnosed each year. Numbers are increasing, mainly due to lifestyles. There were 4,400 kidney cancer deaths in the UK in 2014.

There are a number of different types of kidney cancer, the most common being renal cell carcinoma, which accounts for 90% of cases.

What’s new

People with advanced kidney cancer are set to benefit from a new treatment, after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) decided that the drug cabozantinib should be available on the NHS. The treatment is

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