Can Renal Mass Biopsy Improve Outcomes? Impact on Clinical Decision-Making

  • Brian T. KadowEmail author
  • Jeffrey John Tomaszewski
  • Miki Haifler
  • Alexander Kutikov


More frequent utilization of cross-sectional imaging has led to an increase in the incidental diagnosis and a subsequent rise in incidence of small renal masses. Historical biases and technical limitations have prevented renal mass biopsy (RMB) from becoming a universal part of routine patient evaluation at the time of diagnosis of a renal mass. Nevertheless, more recently, RMB is being more commonly utilized and offers real-world utility in risk-stratifying patients and appropriately matching them with an optimal treatment strategy.


Renal mass biopsy Renal cell carcinoma Small renal mass Radical nephrectomy Partial nephrectomy Active surveillance Cost-effectiveness Renal mass ablation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian T. Kadow
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jeffrey John Tomaszewski
    • 2
  • Miki Haifler
    • 3
  • Alexander Kutikov
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Urologic OncologyFox Chase Cancer CenterPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryMD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper University HospitalCamdenUSA
  3. 3.Urologic Oncology Service, Department of UrologyShamir Medical CenterTzrifinIsrael
  4. 4.Division of Urology and Urologic OncologyFox Chase Cancer CenterPhiladelphiaUSA

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