Tumour embolisation

Tumour embolisation blocks the blood supply to the tumour. It can shrink the tumour and help control symptoms, such as bleeding. You may be offered tumour embolisation if an operation isn’t possible because of your general health.

A doctor puts a thin, plastic tube (catheter) into a blood vessel in your groin. Then, using x-ray pictures as a guide, they thread the catheter upwards until the tip is in the artery that carries blood to the kidney. The doctor injects a substance through the catheter into the kidney. This blocks the blood supply to the kidney and cuts off the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the tumour.

This treatment can sometimes cause pain in the back and a high temperature, so you may need to stay in hospital for a few days.

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Making treatment decisions

Your doctors may tell you there are different options for your treatment. Having the right information will help you make the right decision for you.


Surgery involves removing all or part of the cancer with an operation. It is an important treatment for many cancers.

Monitoring kidney cancer

Sometimes, active treatment may not be immediately necessary or appropriate. Doctors may suggest monitoring small, low-grade cancers.


Immunotherapy drugs boost the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells. It’s sometimes used to treat advanced kidney cancer.

Clinical trials

Many people are offered a trial as part of treatment. Find out more to help you decide if a trial is right for you.

Life after cancer treatment

You might be thinking about how to get back to normal following treatment. Find advice, information and support about coping with and after cancer.