Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


Despite recent advances in chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunology, renal cell carcinoma can best be treated by early detection and radical surgery. Today, radical nephrectomy is the standard surgery of choice for removing malignant renal tumors. Of the surgical procedures that have been used in the past, the transabdominal incision offers the best exposure of retroperitoneal structures at the diaphragmatic level and the contralateral renal vasculature. Occasionally, supraradical procedures are recommended if tumor size and location require this approach.