[The Dutch guideline 'Renal cell carcinoma'].
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 156, 5, (2012), pp. A4462
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectONCOL 3: Translational research
The Dutch guideline 'Renal Cell Carcinoma' has been revised on the basis of new literature. With the assistance of the Netherlands Cancer Registry an assessment was made of the current care for patients with renal cell carcinoma. Renal cell carcinoma is a type of cancer for which knowledge of the genetic basis of the different histological subtypes has led to the development of new targeted therapies. By the introduction of these systemic therapies, histological subtyping of renal cell carcinoma has become more important. Although in the previous guideline cytological or histological diagnosis was recommended to determine the nature of the tumourous process in the kidney, in the revision it is advised to use histological needle biopsies to determine the histological subtype and therefore to provide evidence for the choice of systemic therapy. With modern diagnostic techniques, more patients with smaller tumours are identified. For these tumours, less invasive therapies are recommended in order to preserve as much renal tissue as possible.
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