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Cryoablation uses extreme cold to destroy the kidney tumor, and is performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. A hollow probe (needle) is inserted into the tumor either through the skin or during laparoscopy. Very cold gases are passed through the probe, creating an ice ball that destroys the tumor. Not all tumors are suitable for this approach, and our kidney cancer specialists will discuss the best options for you.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.