What is the outlook for people with kidney cancer?

The chance of recovery depends on the type and stage of cancer (whether it is just in the kidney or has spread to other places in the body). The chance of recovery also depends on the patient's general state of health.

Like most cancers, kidney cancer is most able to be treated if it is found in its early stages. In general, if the cancer is detected early, before it breaks through the outer covering of the kidney, kidney cancer is often curable.

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