Kidneys can develop masses that may be cancerous. Some of the signs and symptoms of kidney cancer are blood in the urine, pain in the back, and weight loss. Fortunately many masses are found in the kidney before they cause symptoms. These masses are found when people have abdominal ultrasounds, MRIs, or CT scans for other complaints.
Estimated new cases and deaths from kidney (renal cell and renal pelvis) cancer in the United States in 2007 were:
- New cases: 51,190
- Deaths: 12,890
- source: NCI
If the you have an early diagnosis of kidney cancer, there is usually a range of treatment options. These may include conservative management (surveillance), minimally invasive therapy including cryosurgery and radiofrequency ablation, or surgical removal of part of the kidney or the whole kidney. Your treatment options will depend on a number of factors, including the size and location of the tumor, your age and health, and the skill of your surgeon.
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