Kidney Cancer

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Kidney cancer is cancer that originates in the kidneys. The incidence of kidney cancer seems to be increasing, though it isnt clear why. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about kidney cancer in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Cancer of the kidneys, also known as renal cancer, is often curable when detected early. However, some patients may not be diagnosed until the tumor is large or has metastasized and becomes difficult to treat.

In some patients, especially those with more advanced cancer, the following signs and symptoms may be present:

Blood in the urine

Abdominal or low back pain unrelated to injury

Bone pain

Fever, unintentional weight loss, fatigue

Anemia

High blood pressure and

Leg or ankle swelling

The best treatment may depend on a patients age, life expectancy and overall health in addition to the size and spread of the cancer. Surgical removal of the tumor may cure patients with small kidney cancers and lower the risk of kidney disease.

In some patients with larger tumors, removal of the entire kidney may be necessary to cure the cancer. Active surveillance, observation with periodic imaging, or ablation, using high energy technology to destroy cancer cells, may be an option for certain patients.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.