Kidney Cancer Symptoms & Treatment
Do you think you have kidney cancer? Kidney cancer symptoms can include blood in your urine, pain in your side or back, fever, low energy and weight loss. 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). 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 kidney tumor
For more information on Prostate Cancer, please visit the National Cancer Institute.