For many years, kidney cancer was a strictly surgical disease. There were no drugs available and chemotherapy was ineffective. In the past few years, there have been numerous developments in immuno-oncologic agents that are proving effective for the treatment of renal cell cancer.
RCC19 is the first EAU meeting completely devoted to Renal Cell Cancer. The EAU feels it is important for urologists to familiarise themselves with the latest generation of immuno-oncologic agents to be able to make informed decisions in a multidisciplinary setting. Urologists might not be actively involved with the delivery of the drugs, but they can learn to identify suitable patients and they should also be aware of the drugs’ impact on their patients’ quality of life.