Treating Kidney Cancer


In the United States, kidney cancer affects approximately 30,000 people per year. Historically, kidney cancer treatment often required patients to have their entire kidney removed. Now, many tumors can be removed completely, allowing the unaffected normal kidney to be preserved. This can help to decrease the risk of requiring dialysis in the future, especially for patients having other medical problems (high blood pressure and diabetes).

Kidney cancer symptoms can include blood in your urine, pain in your side or back, fever, low energy and weight loss. In cases where the entire kidney must be removed, surgery utilizing small incisions can often be performed. Newer techniques even allow some lesions to be frozen within the kidney itself.

Kidney Cancer treatments offered at SouthWest Urology include:

  • Open Nephrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Nephrectomy
  • Robot-Assisted/Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy
  • Cryoablation of the Kidney Tumor

Managing Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are small, hard crystals or deposits that form inside your kidneys when salts and other minerals in your urine bond together. Stones often vary in shape and size, with some growing to be quite large. Some stones stay in the kidneys causing little to no symptoms, and others may pass through the urinary tract, causing painful symptoms.

The team at SouthWest Urology can treat the painful problem of kidney stones and help you develop a personalized treatment and prevention plan for the future.