The Nilay Patel Senior Renal Cancer Research Fellow

12,600 new kidney cancer cases are diagnosed every year in UK. Incidence rates for kidney cancer are projected to rise by 26% in UK between 2014 and 2035 (Cancer Research UK).

There has always been a quest for a minimally invasive or ablative treatment for renal cancer like, Radiofrequency ablation (RFA), Cryoablation, Microwave and High Intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). Out of these HIFU is the truly non invasive ablation technique.

HIFU has shown promising results in cancer of prostate and is under investigation for ablation of renal tumors. Human Kidneys are situated deep, move with respiration and are surrounded by thick layers of fat.

We are conducting research to study the transmission of HIFU waves in the tissues and on factors which may predict the response to HIFU treatment for renal cancer.

Pictured is Nitin Shrivastava, Research Fellow.

Nilay Patel Memorial Fund

After the sudden death in May 2014 of the young, very talented urological surgeon Mr Nilay Patel, the UCARE Trustees decided to set up a fund in his memory.

Find out more about the Nilay Patel Memorial Fund.