Sometimes called renal cancer, kidney cancer develops when cells inside your kidney start to grow abnormally and cluster together forming a cancerous tumor. Your kidneys are two organs typically about the size of a fist located behind the abdominal organs on each side of your spine. Kidneys are primarily responsible for removing waste and urine while cleaning your blood.
As with all cancers, the cause of kidney cancer is unclear. However, there are lifestyle choices and behaviors that seem to increase the risk of being diagnosed with kidney cancer, such as:
If you experience symptoms in the form of blood in your urine, a side pain that doesn’t seem to go away, or weight loss that occurs without explanation, make an appointment at Urology of Greater Atlanta for a consultation.
During a routine physical exam, your doctor will feel for lumps on your side. If there’s a cause for concern, your doctor may conduct blood tests and perform a CT scan or MRI. They may also take a biopsy from the tumor to determine the progression of cancerous cells and will introduce a treatment plan.
Depending on the stage of your kidney cancer and its level of progression, your doctor will create a comprehensive treatment plan to ensure the cancer is addressed and successfully removed. Open surgery or laparoscopic surgery may be necessary to remove the tumor and cancerous cells; this will result in the partial or complete removal of the kidney. You may also require radiation or chemotherapy afterward.