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Diagnosing Kidney Cancer

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for kidney cancer may include the following:

Based on results of other tests and procedures, a biopsy may be needed. A biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of the tumor is removed and sent to the laboratory for examination by a pathologist. Biopsy is the only sure way to diagnose cancer.

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