Kidney cancer

Kidney cancer

We are working to develop more detailed content about kidney cancer.

In the meantime, you can use the links on this page and the rest of the information on the site to find information and support.

Kidney cancer is a rare cancer (about 3% of all cancers) which affects more men than women. It is more common in people over the age of 65.

Kidney cancer is also called renal cell carcinoma and is a type of urological cancer.

People with kidney cancer should have their care overseen by a multidisciplinary team (MDT).See Canrefer for a list of urology MDTs in NSW.

Support when you have kidney cancer

One of the main organisations that provides information and support for people with cancer is the Cancer Council. Their services include:

  • an Information and Support line, 13 11 20, which has specially trained staff available to offer support
  • a range of face-to-face, online and telephone support groups
  • a program called Cancer Connect where you can talk to someone who has experienced cancer
  • an online community for people with cancer and their families and friends.

The Kidney Health Information Service also has resources to help you understand kidney cancer. This is available online, or you can call 1800 454 363.

You can also talk to the cancer care coordinator or social worker where you are being seen. They can tell you what services and support groups are available locally. Your GP may also be able to provide information about this.


Use our checklists to find helpful tips or questions to ask.

Where to get help

There are people you can talk to for more information or support.

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