Kidney Cancer

Active Surveillance DISSRM Registry

DISSRM stands for Delayed Intervention and Surveillance for Small Renal Masses.  This is the active surveillance program for small kidney tumors pioneered at Johns Hopkins.  The study was opened in 2009 and catalogues to outcomes for several hundred patients with small renal masses who choose either surgery or active surveillance. 

A number of scientific and patient-centered publications detail the outcomes of the DISSRM Program.  Please follow the links below if interested.

If you are interested in active surveillance for a small kidney tumor or the DISSRM Program, please contact Dr. Mohamad Allaf, Dr. Phillip Pierorazio, or Tina Driscoll, the study coordinator at 410-955-0163.

Web Presentations:


Active Surveillance For Renal Masses: Where Are We In 2016?


The Management of Small Renal Masses and Kidney Cancer


The role of surveillance

Scientific publications:

A Prospective, Comparative Study of Quality of Life among Patients with Small Renal Masses choosing Active Surveillance and Primary Intervention.
Authors: Patel HD, Riffon MF, Joice GA, Johnson MH, Chang P, Wagner AA, McKiernan JM, Trock BJ, Allaf ME, Pierorazio PM. 
Journal: Journal of Urology April, 2016

Five-year analysis of a multi-institutional prospective clinical trial of delayed intervention and surveillance for small renal masses: the DISSRM registry.
Authors: Pierorazio PM, Johnson MH, Ball MW, Gorin MA, Trock BJ, Chang P, Wagner AA, McKiernan JM, Allaf ME. 
Journal: European Urology September, 2015

From Discovery:

2017 http://urology.jhu.edu/newsletter/2017/kidney_cancer_surveillance.php
2016 http://urology.jhu.edu/newsletter/2016/active_surveillance_kidney_cancer.php
2015 http://urology.jhu.edu/newsletter/2015/kidney_cancer1.php


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