•Anxious cancer patients experiencing surgery need emotional support and reassurance. For patients with renal cancer scheduled to undergo a nephrectomy, it is important to inform them that the remaining healthy kidney is still able to adequately meet the body’s metabolic needs.
•A nephrectomy is a surgical procedure for the removal of a kidney or section of a kidney that is indicated for patients with renal cell carcinoma or cancer of the kidney.
•There is no need for fluid restriction with a functioning kidney.
•Telling the patient he has absolutely no chance of needing dialysis or that there is a strong change of needing dialysis is inappropriate and inaccurate.