Kidney Cancer


 Cancer that develops in the tissue tubes of kidneys that function to filter and clean the body to take out the waste and urine is termed as Kidney Cancer. As one ages, the chances of being prone to kidney cancer are likely. There are two major types of kidney cancer.

1. Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)

2. Urothelial Cell Carcinoma (UCC).

RCC is more likely to occur in adults whilst children are more prone to Wilms’ tumor. Let us explore more about the information related to Kidney Cancer.

Signs & Symptoms

This disease rarely gives the patient the signs and symptoms of its existence in its inception stages. The later stage of signs and symptoms include the following;

Red colored, pink or cola colored Blood in urine


Kidney cancer is treated with the following ways;

Treatment when surgery is needed

  • Amputating the affected kidney (Nephrectomy)
  • Do away with the tumor of kidney (Nephron-Sparing Surgery)

Treatment when surgery is not needed

  • Freezing of cancer cells (Cryobalation)
  • Heating of cancer cells (RadioFrequency Abaltion)

Treatment for advanced kidney cancer

  • Get rid of utmost kidney tumor
  • Drugs to boost immune system
  • Targeted therapy
  • Radiation therapy


The causes of kidney cancer are unknown. Many doctors claim that the virus of kidney cancer penetrates when few kidney cells attain mutations in their DNA. These cells multiply and divide rapidly to form a tumor that extends beyond the kidney.

Tests & Procedures

The tests and procedures to diagnose kidney cancer are

  • Ultrasound scan
  • IVU or IVP
  • CT scan
  • Chest x-ray
  • Cystoscopy
  • MRI scan
  • Guided biopsy
  • Blood tests
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Preventive Measures

In order to save yourselves from kidney cancer, the following precautionary measures should be followed;

  • Quit smoking
  • Healthy diet
  • Healthy weight
  • Control of blood pressure
  • Minimize exposure to environmental pollutants

Treatment Cost

Kidney cancer treatment costs around $40,000 - $50,000.

Side Effects

The side effects of kidney cancer treatment include;

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin problems
  • Weakness
  • Mouth and lip sores
  • Stress
  • Infection
  • Hair loss
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain

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