WHAT IS KIDNEY CANCER?
Tumors form when cell growth takes place at an accelerated rate. Some tumors may be cancerous. Kidney Cancer is when malignant tumors grow in the kidney. The most common type of Kidney Cancer is renal-cell carcinoma.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
There may not be any symptoms at first. The most common symptoms are blood in the urine or pain in the lower back.
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
Kidney Cancer is usually detected during a procedure for another condition. If Kidney Cancer is suspected, your Esse Health Urologist may order blood and urine tests. An imaging procedure using high-frequency sound waves (Ultrasound) may be used to distinguish between a solid tumor or a fluid-filled cyst. A CT Scan (which uses X-rays) or an MRI (which uses radio waves and a strong magnet) may be necessary to provide a detailed image of the kidney.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Surgery is the most effective treatment for Kidney Cancer. The size and location of the tumor determine if it may be removed. In many cases, robotic and minimally invasive surgery can be performed. Your Esse Health Urologist will determine the best course of action based on your condition.