By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The National Kidney Foundation is getting the word out about a less severe option for those with kidney cancer, analogous to the lumpectomy for breast cancer.READ MORE: Gasoline Shortage Appears To Be Creeping Into Philadelphia Region As Colonial Pipeline Resumes Operations
Decades behind a change in addressing breast cancer, kidney cancer may be treated by removing only the affected part of the organ.READ MORE: Reports Of Explosions Following 2-Alarm House Fire In Chester
“We’ve done work over the last decade showing the virtues of saving the healthy part of the kidney for the treatment of a small kidney tumor, not all of which are highly malignant. So our concern is healthy kidney function is being sacrificed unnecessarily, over-treated if you will,” says Kidney surgeon Paul Russo of Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital.
Dr. Russo says the partial nephrectomy, as it’s called, is more technically-challenging than the radical (remove it all) nephrectomy, and has some extra potential complications.MORE NEWS: Police Standoff Ends In Holmesburg With Armed Woman Taken Into Custody
But he says the long-term outlook is actually better, the more kidney function a patient can keep.