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Signs and symptoms of cancer kidney may include:

  • Blood in urine
  • Lump in abdomen
  • Pain in your side that doesn’t go away
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Anemia

Factors that may increase your risk of developing kidney cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Misusing certain pain medications, including over the counter, for a long time
  • Being overweight
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Family history of kidney cancer
  • Having certain genetic disorders (for example: von Hippel-Lindau disease or hereditary papillary renal cell carcinoma)

Some tests that your provider may do to determine if you have kidney cancer include:

Imaging:

  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • MRI - takes detailed pictures of kidneys to show the difference between normal and abnormal tissue

Urinalysis: checks the color of urine and how much sugar, protein, red/white blood cells are present

Biopsy: removes cells from tumor to check under a microscope for signs of cancer

Types of treatment for kidney cancer include:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Biologic therapy
  • Targeted therapy

To learn more about kidney cancer and find additional support visit:

https://www.cancer.gov/types/kidney

https://www.kidneycancer.org/

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