Patient and caregiver knowledge and utilization of partial versus radical nephrectomy: Results of a national kidney foundation survey to assess educational needs of kidney cancer patients and caregivers
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
There is a lack of patient awareness that kidney cancer and radical nephrectomy are risk factors for CKD. Only a minority of patients underwent partial nephrectomy or were given it as an option for their early-stage kidney cancer. This suggests a knowledge deficit among physicians, surgeons, patients, and caregivers alike that there is a bidirectional relationship between kidney cancer and CKD and that kidney-sparing surgery is preferable when feasible.