For Patients:
Why Choose Our Program?

At UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center, patients with kidney cancer have access to a multidisciplinary team of experts who are completely dedicated to urologic cancers. This subspecialization is unique to Simmons Cancer Center, and it makes a difference in how patients are treated.

NCI Designation

Simmons Cancer Center is the only NCI-designated Cancer Center in North Texas. This translates into clinical programs that offer patients the latest forms of treatment and cutting-edge research that leads to better approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

Unique Opportunities

Kidney cancer patients at UT Southwestern become the first to reap the benefits of discoveries made by our faculty. For instance, we have discovered that kidney cancers can be subdivided into different subtypes based on mutated genes; this allows for a more accurate evaluation of prognosis.

Our patients also have the opportunity to have research conducted directly on their tumors. “We take aggressive tumors and implant them into the kidney of mice," said James Brugarolas, M.D., Ph.D. "These samples go on to form tumors in the mice and they behave like the tumors in the patients." Scientists at UT Southwestern are using mice implanted with human tumors to evaluate the next generation of drugs. 

Compassionate Care

“To be someone’s doctor is a privilege. A cancer diagnosis is surrounded by questions, fears, concerns about the future, unrealized plans… We are here to restore health to our patients and fight with them alongside their family and friends. When medicine falls short, we seek for answers in research.”

Our patients are at the center of our program. We consider ourselves privileged to be caring for them and to be a part of their lives.