The present doctoral thesis manuscript aims to inform disease prognosis and guide therapeutic decision-making at all stages of the renal cell carcinoma disease spectrum. Novel imaging methods to improve pre-surgical characterisation of renal masses were developed, as well as prediction models for the estimation of postoperative renal function. Next, four molecular subtypes of clear cell renal cell carcinoma were described, their underlying disease biology and their implications in both the localised and metastatic settings. Moreover, the potential candidates for cytoreductive surgery were described, as well as the morbidity accompanying such procedures in the metastatic setting.

(BELG J MED ONCOL 2023;17(1):31–2)