are bean-shaped organs located just below the rib cage in your back,
and are responsible for processing all of the waste matter from
your blood system which later becomes urine stored in the bladder.
In its earliest
stages, kidney cancer patients may suffer no symptoms at all, but
as the cancer grows blood may begin appearing in the urine accompanied
by unexplained weight loss or chronic back pain.
If left untreated,
the disease may begin to spread or metastasize into the bladder
or other nearby organs as well as to other parts of the body.
Types of kidney cancer
cells begin to grow within the kidneys resulting in the most common
form of kidney cancer, renal cell carcinoma.
is usually typified by either a single mass or multiple tumors that
begin to grow in one or both kidneys, usually diagnosed after a kidney biopsy.
are cases of transitional cell carcinoma, which begins in the tubes
connecting the kidneys to the bladder. An even rarer form of kidney cancer,
renal sarcoma, usually begins in the kidney's connective tissue.
Kidney cancer treatment
Surgical options for kidney cancers may include removal of the tumor in a procedure called nephron-sparing surgery,
If the disease is more widespread, a treatment known as radical nephrectomy removes the entire kidney along with adjacent tissue and lymph nodes.
Living with, or preventing, kidney cancer often means balancing one's diet to consume more fresh fruits and vegetables since a high protein diet is suspected as one of the causes of kidney diseases, including cancer.
On the Web,
learn more about the disease with expert advice and information
on risk factors, symptoms and diagnosis, screening & testing
procedures, treatment options, follow-up care, along with alternative
and dietary therapies that may also help in the fight against kidney
Learn About Cancer - Kidney Cancer
- American Cancer Society presents a guide to the topic with a description
of the disease, more on rarer forms of kidney cancer including transitional
cell carcinoma, Wilms tumor, as well as benign conditions, with
links to more information on causes and risk factors, kidney cancer
staging, treatment options, and statistics.
You Need to Know About Kidney Cancer - Here's a brief overview with
more on risk factors, diagnosis and testing, treatment and side
effects, nutrition & diet information, follow-up care and links
to related links and support.
Dunn's Kidney Cancer Page
- Check out patient-friendly information provided by a kidney cancer survivor
with a guide to grading and staging, tips on getting through you
surgery and other therapies, information on renal cell cancer subtypes,
metastatic & recurrent kidney cancers, plus an extensive collection
of related resources.
is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.