Kidney Cancer Doctors Near Wilkes-Barre, PA
How is Kidney Cancer Treated?
Most likely, if you have kidney cancer, robotic surgery will be the procedure of choice. Specifically, the da Vinci Nephrectomy procedure. Each case differs, so you will need to consult with your urologist about treatment options.
Symptoms and Treatment of Kidney Cancer
Kidney cancer is also known as renal cancer. The cancerous cells tend to begin in the tiny tubes of the kidney, which is diagnosed as renal cell carcinoma, hence the name “renal cancer”. Luckily, in most cases, kidney cancer is found before it has spread.
Statistically, men are more at risk of being diagnosed with kidney cancer however women can be affected as well. An estimated 4% of cancer cases are diagnosed as kidney cancer, however, this tends to affect a specific demographic, so understanding risk factors is very important.
What are the Symptoms of Kidney Cancer?
*Note that these symptoms don’t necessarily mean you have kidney cancer, but if you are experiencing any of these symptoms and also fit into a few of the risk factors above, consult with your urologist about getting a screening. These symptoms are in order of how common they are, with the most common at the top:
- Blood in Urine
- Abdominal Mass
- Back or Flank Pain
- Unexplained Weight Loss
- Low Blood Cell Counts (anemia)
The symptoms below are far less common (less than 10% of kidney cancer patients have these symptoms), but they are important to note. The first three symptoms are the most common.
- Symptoms of Metastases
- High Calcium in Blood
- High Blood Cell Counts
How is Kidney Cancer Diagnosed?
First, your urologist will conduct a physical exam and discuss with you your medical history and current symptoms. If they think it warrants you getting an exam, they will most likely refer you to a radiologist to get a CT scan, PET scan, MRI, or ultrasound. Other exams also include a biopsy, blood tests, and a few others. Make sure you discuss your exam options with your urologist.
CT and MRI exams are typically used to detect the staging of cancer if it exists, where there are 4 staging groups of kidney cancer, with categories underneath.
Risk Factors of Kidney Cancer
Below are some risk factors of kidney cancer. Keep in mind, having these risk factors doesn’t mean that any of them cause kidney cancer on their own, they just increase the risk of it happening. However, if you can remove some of these risk factors, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting kidney cancer, such as losing weight, quitting smoking and reducing blood pressure. Those ones specifically also have a plethora of other health benefits.
- Over the age of 50
- Advanced Kidney Disease
- Family History of Kidney Cancer
- High Blood Pressure
- African American
If you have any questions about kidney cancer or would like to schedule an appointment, call Riverview Urologic Associates at (570) 288-3601.