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Kidney Cancer

Choice Cancer Care -  - Board Certified Medical Oncologist

Choice Cancer Care

BOARD CERTIFIED MEDICAL ONCOLOGISTS, RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS, & HEMATOLOGISTS LOCATED IN IRVING, TX; LEWISVILLE, TX; PLANO, TX; & SOUTHLAKE, TX

Kidney cancer ranks as the sixth most common cancer for men and the eighth for women. Most people with kidney cancer are diagnosed before the disease spreads, giving them a positive outlook for the future. The team at Choice Cancer Care offers comprehensive care for kidney cancer, as well as associated cancers such as urinary tract, bladder, and genital cancers. If you have any questions about persistent symptoms, call one of the offices in Plano, Lewisville, Irving, or Southlake, Texas, or schedule an appointment online today.

Kidney Cancer Q & A

What type of kidney cancer might I develop?

The type of kidney cancer you have depends on the cells where the cancer originated. Of the different types, renal cell carcinoma accounts for 90% of all cases.

Renal cell carcinoma usually grows as a single tumor in one kidney. Though not as common, you can have two or more tumors in one kidney or tumors in both kidneys.

If your kidney cancer causes symptoms, you may experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Recurrent fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blood in your urine
  • Back or side pain
  • Swelling in your ankles and legs

Men may develop a cluster of enlarged veins around a testicle, especially the right testicle. This condition signals a possible kidney tumor.

Is kidney cancer associated with other cancers?

Kidney cancer belongs to a group called genitourinary cancers. In addition to kidney cancer, this group includes urinary tract cancers and genital cancers. 

Where do urinary tract cancers occur?

Upper urinary tract cancers begin in the kidneys or ureters, the tubes that carry urine from the kidney to your bladder. Tumors in the lower urinary tract include bladder cancer, the most common, and urethral cancer, which is rare.

You may be surprised to learn that 47% of all bladder cancer cases develop due to smoking. When bladder cancer spreads to the nearby organs, it takes hold in the uterus, vagina, and prostate, or the surrounding muscles.

What type of genital cancers commonly occur?

Cancer can develop in the external and internal genitalia of men and women. Genital cancers in men include penile, testicular, and prostate cancers.

In women, the most common genital cancers include endometrial, ovarian, and vulvar cancer. Vaginal cancer is rare, and most often occurs when cancers from other areas spread to the vagina.

Symptoms of genital cancers in women typically include abdominal pain, bleeding between periods, external itching, and wart-like bumps. Men may notice a growth or sore on their penis, have bleeding from the penis, find a lump in a testicle, or have urination problems.

How is kidney cancer treated?

Your treatment options depend on factors like the type and stage of your cancer, the possible side effects, your overall health, and your preferences.

If you have a small renal tumor or a serious medical condition that makes cancer treatment too risky, your doctor at Choice Cancer Care may closely monitor it with regular diagnostic imaging and follow-up appointments.

The Choice Cancer Care team typically treats kidney cancer and other genitourinary cancers with surgery, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, or in some cases, radiofrequency ablation. 

If you need compassionate care for kidney, genital, or urinary cancers, call Choice Cancer Care or book an appointment online today.