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Nat Clin Pract Oncol. 2006 Apr;3(4):200-13.

Nonmetastatic renal-cell carcinoma: is it really possible to define rational guidelines for post-treatment follow-up?

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  • 1Department of Urinary, Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Edouard Herriot Hospital, Lyon, France.


Defining rational follow-up guidelines in patients treated for cancer is important, from both a medical and an economical perspective. Renal-cell carcinoma is reputed to be unpredictable in its course and only a few, and often contradictory, follow-up guidelines exist for patients treated for nonmetastatic renal-cell carcinoma. Recent advances in tumor biology have contributed to a better understanding of this cancer and have indicated that personalized follow-up regimens, based on tumor and host molecular characteristics, might be possible in the near future.

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