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Kidney cancer service



Kidney cancer clinic

Our urology department has a dedicated kidney clinic on Wednesday afternoons with specialist care provided by clinicians with a particular interest in kidney tumours and complex surgical kidney problems.

The clinic is attended by four consultant urological surgeons (Mr Tim O’Brien, Mr Ben Challacombe, Miss Archie Fernando and Mr Gordon Kooiman), and two consultant oncologists (Dr Simon Chowdhury and Dr Sarah Rudman) and supported by two specialist kidney nurses (Linda Shephard and Lesley Cooper). A consultant uro-radiologist reviews all relevant patient scans with the entire kidney team immediately prior to the kidney clinic.

We have a specialist interest in minimally invasive treatments for kidney tumours including robotic partial nephrectomy, treating patients with single or poorly functioning kidneys, locally advanced kidney cancer, inherited kidney cancer (such as von Hippel-Lindau disease) and those cancers invading the inferior vena cava to the level of the heart.

We are involved in an exciting collaboration with the Francis Crick Institute and several other large NHS trusts looking at the genetic basis of kidney cancer. This work has already generated several high impact publications and won international prizes. Some of our kidney tumour patients may be asked to contribute by their operating consultants at the time of their surgery. This involves donating a small sample of their kidney tumour once it has been removed from the body.

General information about kidney cancer can be found on the NHS website.