Radiation therapy is not used to cure kidney cancer, but to relieve symptoms. This treatment is often used when kidney cancer has spread beyond the kidney. It uses high-energy radiation to shrink tumors in nearby organs or bones. For example, if cancer has spread to the bone, a person can feel a great deal of pain. This pain can be relieved by radiation to bone lesions. Radiation may be used alone or with other therapies.


Other Groups' Resources

Kidney Cancer Association


Kidney Caner (English)
Cáncer de riñón (Español)

National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health

Renal Cell Cancer Treatment – Patient Version