What are the types of kidney cancer?

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Renal cell cancer or renal cell adenocarcinoma: About 9 out of 10 kidney cancers are of this type. 

  • Transitional cell cancer: This is a rare type of kidney cancer. It affects the renal pelvis, which is the part of your kidney that collects urine before it drains into your bladder. This cancer behaves in a different way to renal cell carcinomas and usually needs different treatment.
  • Wilms’ tumour: The most common type of childhood kidney cancer. It is also known as nephroblastoma and is very rare. It is not like adult kidney cancer and the tests and treatment for it are different. 
  • Other types: Other rarer types of kidney cancer also exist. 

If you would like more information on any type of kidney cancer, contact our Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700 or call into a Daffodil Centre to talk to a cancer nurse.

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