I’m back now from a short stay in Munich for ESMO 2018 – didn’t get much beer or bratwurst, but I did soak in as much of the meeting as I could. The conference spanned a full five days – a little too much for my clinical schedule to handle – but I did get my hands on the bulk of the important renal cell carcinoma (RCC) data from the meeting.  I’ve boiled it down to three brief bullet points:
When I finished training and joined the faculty at City of Hope a decade ago, there was a great deal of excitement over recent approvals of sunitinib and sorafenib for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC).  Throughout my training, I had seen many patients succumb to toxicities from interleukin-2 – despite the handful of victories, there were overwhelming losses. 
Welcome to the Advanced Kidney Cancer Center of Excellence on UroToday.com.  My name is Monty Pal, and I am a medical oncologist with just over a decade of experience in a research-based practice primarily focused on RCC and other genitourinary cancers.  I recall that when I began, our treatment options were limited. 

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