Guidelines for Kidney Cancer

Many of the global guidelines for kidney cancer are listed below. Patient advocates often use these guidelines to help patients advocate for best quality of standards of care.

If your country does not have guidelines for kidney cancer, the most commonly used guidelines are those published by the EAU. The IKCC and its affiliate organisations plays an important role on multiple guidelines committees to ensure that the patient voice is well represented.


Canadian Consensus Guidelines are being reviewed yearly because of the rapid change in the portfolio of drugs for kidney cancer. See the menu on this page.

Canada also has a guideline for genetic screening for possible hereditary kidney cancers, available at this link: Guideline on Screening for Hereditary Kidney Cancers

European Union:

European Association of Urology  (EAU) has compiled clinical guidelines to provide urologists with evidence-based information and recommendations for the management of renal cell cancer which are updated regularly:

European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) clinical guidelines can be found at


Mexico Oncogui Renal guidelines can be found at:


Ukrainian national protocols for treatment of the oncological patients (in Ukrainian)

United Kingdom:

NICE Guidelines
The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence issues Guidance for treatment, especially focusing on when and how certain drugs might be used in treatment.  See the index at:

Radiology Guidelines
The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has published updated recommendations for cross-sectional imaging in cancer management. They can be downloaded free of charge from the RCR’s website.

United States:

In the US, there are two established and reliable sources of treatment guidelines.

1. National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) –
Create a free account and search for “kidney cancer guidelines”. They
have guidelines for physicians, and a document also for patients.
Additional Patient resources can be found at
(Links provided with permission from NCCN®)

2. US National Cancer Institute (NIH) –
Go to and look for “Renal Cell Cancer Treatment”. They have documents for physicians and also for patients.