The Department of Urology at Mayo Clinic has long been at the forefront of research on partial nephrectomy, also called kidney-sparing surgery. Mayo Clinic studies suggest that:

  • People younger than age 65 with kidney cancers smaller than 1.5 inches (about 4 centimeters) have a significantly higher 10-year survival rate compared with those who had their entire kidney removed.
  • In more-advanced stages of local cancers, outcomes and survival rates appeared similar for people whether they had a partial nephrectomy or a radical nephrectomy.
  • Survival rates also appear to relate to surgical training, experience and expertise.


See a list of publications by Mayo doctors on nephrectomy and partial nephrectomy on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

May 23, 2012