Alternative Kidney Cancer Treatment

Kidney Cancer

Treatment options

The orthodox options are

  1. Surgery removal of the whole of a kidney or just the tumour within. This may be through normal surgery or keyhole surgery. Adjacent lymph nodes may be removed if affected. A new alternative where the cancer is confined to the kidney is HIFU a high intensity ultrasound combined with thermal conditioning. This can melt the tumour. You can find out more by clicking this link.

    Sometimes arterial embolisation may be used, especially if the patient is too weak to have surgery. Here a substance is injected into the artery supplying blood to the kidney, so that the blood supply to the infected organ ceases. A tumour deprived of blood should then die.

  2. Radiotherapy Radiotherapy is commonly used to treat kidney cancer where there is spread to other areas. Care has to be taken to prevent the radiotherapy beam damaging other organs. You can read how to improve the success of your radiotherapy treatment by clicking this link.

  3. Chemotherapy

    Two immunotherapy drugs have been used over the past few years - interferon and interleukin, although the former, interferon, is much more commonly employed. The aim is to stimulate the immune system to kick out the cancer. You can read a personal story of a patient taking interferon by clicking this link.


However, as we covered in icon, when 4 new drugs were turned down by NICE, a leading UK Professor said interferon didnt work very well! (About 75% of the 3,600 people with advanced kidney cancer do not respond well to interferon)

Some work has been tried using vaccines to stimulate the immune system to fight the kidney cancer cells but the most promise comes with a new breed of drugs, called monoclonal antibodies:


  • Sutent (sunitinib),

  • Avastin (bevacizumab),

  • Nexavar (sorafenib)

  • Torisel (temsirolimus)

Monoclonal antibodies do only work for a particular targeted group of people. Sometimes there are tests to show if you are someone who would benefit from a particular drug. Professor Peter Littlejohns, the clinical and public health director of Nice, originally said the institute took account of how much extra a new drug would cost to produce an extra year of healthy life. The four kidney drugs cost up to six times the normal NHS limit of about 30,000 a patient per quality-adjusted life year.

For information on your Cancer Drugs and chemotherapy click here.

What next?

According to the American National Institute of Cancer Sunitinib has already been linked with heart failure and hypertension. According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering there are better drugs on the way!  A Phase III Clinical Trial on Everolimus has been stopped, so clear was its success (NB: according to the Hospital). Everolimus, a once-daily oral therapy, targets the mTOR protein, which acts as a central regulator of tumour cell division, cell metabolism, and blood vessel growth.

However, the response to these drugs may be none, or just a couple of months increased survival. And again I quote Sloan-Kettering: More than 400 patients participated in this study, all of whom had disease that had progressed with currently available targeted therapies sunitinib and/or sorafenib. Patients were randomised to receive everolimus or placebo. After six months, 26 percent of patients in the everolimus group had disease that had not progressed, compared to only 2 percent of the placebo group. The average difference in progression free survival was four months for everolimus, compared to 1.9 months for the placebo group.

Put another way, after 6 months 74 per cent had a disease that had progressed.

Building an integrated programme

Of course, there are other things a person can do. You can try to remove heavy metals from your body: Seleniumchlorella and beneficial bacteria can all help, (There are even clinical trials on beneficial bacteria and their ability to chelate/bind to heavy metals in the body).You can read about all of these in detail on our web site.

You might be thinking about an all-over body treatment like the Gerson Therapy, or the work of Dr Nicholas Gonzalez in New York who has Clinical Trial behind his Diet therapy.

You may want to explore Dietary therapies and nutritional supplements. Indole-3-carbinol has been shown in several research studies to be able to reduce toxicity in cells, including very dangerous dioxins. We have a whole section on our web site on this. Or you may want to find out more about complementary therapies, energy therapies and the like.

If you are looking for supplements click on the tab at the top of the page and go to the Natural Selection shop where they have selected the best of the best and you can buy with confidence.

You can read our kiddies guide on these by clicking this link.

You might also like to read the personal story Never Give Up (click here). It is one womans account of her fight to save her husbands kidneys when he developed cancer.

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