Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe

Renal cancer (2021) – online course


Please note that this course is no longer CME accredited.

Authors: F. Deschamps and M. Tsitskari

Reviewers: M. Calandri, L. Crocetti, M. Das, P. Freyhardt, C. Nice and O. van Delden

This course corresponds to chapter Non-vascular interventional oncology in the European Curriculum and Syllabus for Interventional Radiology.



An increasing number of renal cell carcinomas (RCCs) have been diagnosed in recent years, in part due to incidental detection from the increased use of cross-sectional imaging. The management of small, asymptomatic RCC generates significant controversy. Historically, total nephrectomy has been the treatment of choice for patients. Preservation of renal function however is paramount in patients with RCC with comorbid conditions, multiple RCCs, and/or heritable renal cancer syndromes. This need has driven the development of minimally invasive therapeutic alternatives. Although partial nephrectomy is considered the primary treatment, percutaneous ablation is an alternative nephron-sparing approach in these patients.


Learning objectives

  • Learn and understand tumour biology and pathology
  • Know the relevant tumour classifications and staging
  • Know the different IR treatment options for the treatment of small RCCs and their outcomes
  • Know which device, probe, probe size and positions relevant to the tumour, location and size
  • Recognise the imaging appearances and end points during treatment, i.e. progress of the ice ball and when to stop
  • Learn how to minimise the risk of complications
  • Recognise and treat potential complications


Further information

This course covers a basic level of IR knowledge and is designed for trainees, students or young consultants aiming to acquire essential knowledge or prepare for the EBIR exam. Thereby, it is tailored to the European Curriculum and Syllabus for Interventional Radiology and corresponds to chapter Non-vascular interventional oncology.

The format of the course is interactive and easy to use, including texts, graphics, videos and a quiz to support your learning. The course duration is around one hour.

The enrolment period of this course is linked to the validity of the All-Access Pass.

Release date: June 2021