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If I have kidney cancer, might I need a kidney transplant?

Sometimes if someone has a single kidney with a very large tumor, we take out the kidney and actually remove cancer, while the kidney is out, then we reconstruct the kidney and put it back inside your body, in your groin, just like a kidney transplant. This is called an auto transplant. We don’t give patients cadaveric transplants for kidney cancer per se.

It’s rare that someone who needs a kidney removed has to go on dialysis or has significant renal failure to the point that he or she would be a candidate for a transplant. It does occur, but it is extremely uncommon. You really only need one-half to one-third of one good kidney to stay off dialysis or not need a transplant, so most of the time we’re able to accomplish this without renal failure.

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