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Private medical cover holders to benefit from new kidney cancer surgery technique?

Published on 15/11/2010
A new surgery technique for kidney cancer sufferers could soon be offered by private medical cover providers.

Presented at the National Cancer Research Institute Cancer Conference in Liverpool this week, the new technique limits damage to the kidney and so improves the patient's long-term survival chances.

Current techniques require blood flow to the Kidney while the tumour is removed which can have an impact on the organ's ability to function.

But the new method, which uses robotic, key-hole surgery, allows blood flow to continue.

It allows surgeons to control specific branches of the kidney's arteries which directly supply blood to the tumour, leaving the rest of the kidney untouched.

So far 50 patients have been successfully treated with the technique.

Dr Inderbir S Gill, pioneer of this new technique based at the University of Southern California, said: "Good kidney function over the long-term is particularly important in patients with kidney cancer.

"We're optimistic this new robotic surgical technique, that allows the healthy part of the kidney to be saved, will enable the best possible function of the organ, which we hope can increase the patient's life-span."

Each year, about 7,800 people in the UK are diagnosed with kidney cancer.
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