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Advanced Care for Renal Cell Carcinoma

When it comes to kidney cancer, Chesapeake Urology offers the most advanced technology and techniques for diagnosis and treatment you have come to expect, coupled with the most personalized, compassionate and comprehensive care you deserve. For patients diagnosed with kidney cancer, Chesapeake Urology's team of experts walk with you every step of the way, informing you of your options and providing care that ensures the best possible outcomes.

What is Kidney Cancer?
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most common type of adult kidney cancer and is a mass that grows in the urine producing portion of the kidney. It is more common than cancer of the renal pelvis, the part of the kidney that collects the urine. Affecting about 32,000 Americans each year, this cancer usually responds well to treatment when caught early.

Risk Factors
The more common risk factors associated with RCC are:

  • Smoking
  • Age, sex and race - being older than 60, male or African American puts you at higher risk
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Exposure to substances such as asbestos or certain inks and paints
  • Family history
  • Long term hemodialysis
  • Certain genetic disorders such as Von Hippel-Lindau disease

Symptoms of Renal Cell Carcinoma
Early RCC often has no symptoms and may be found by chance during a CT scan or ultrasound that is performed for other reasons. The symptoms of more advanced RCC include:

  • Blood in your urine (hematuria) - the most common sign
  • Mass or lump in your abdominal area
  • Pain in your side, flank or lower back
  • Swelling in your legs and ankles
  • Late symptoms include anemia (low blood count), persistent fatigue and rapid weight loss

It's important to note that a number of these symptoms can also be caused by other medical conditions. For this reason, it is important that you speak to your doctor about any symptoms you may experience and have annual physical exams to maintain your good health.

Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of kidney cancer here.