What is Kidney Cancer?

Kidney cancer, also called renal cancer, is cancer that begins in the kidneys.

The most common type of kidney cancer is called renal cell cancer.

Risk Factors for Renal Cell Cancer

The exact cause of renal cell cancer is unknown. However, there are certain risk factors that are linked to it. These risk factors are as follows:

Renal Cell Cancer Symptoms

The following are the most common symptoms of renal cell cancer:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Rapid, unexplained weight loss
  • Low back pain (not caused by an injury)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swelling of ankles and legs
  • Mass or lump on the side or lower back
  • Fatigue

Diagnosing Kidney Cancer (Renal Cell Cancer)

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for kidney cancer may include the following:

Based on results of other tests and procedures, a biopsy may be needed. A biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of the tumor is removed and sent to the laboratory for examination by a pathologist.

Kidney Cancer Treatment

Treatment for kidney cancer may include any of the following:

For more information on kidney cancer treatment or to schedule an appointment, contact Christian Hospital at 314.747.9355 or toll-free at 877.747.9355 or email us.