Kidney tumors are one of the most common conditions treated by urologists, with an estimated 25,000 cases diagnosed per year. While any cancer diagnoses can be overwhelming and a source of fear and anxiety for most patients, kidney cancer patients usually have a very good prognosis when diagnosed early. Many tumors can be treated with surgery alone when caught early and before they’ve had a chance to become too large or metastasize to other organs.
Dr. Kia Michel, a highly sought after urologist at Comprehensive Urology, performs the best kidney surgery in Los Angeles and offers patients comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan options designed to take their unique situation and health into account.
Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Cancer
There are two types of kidney cancers depending on where the malignant cells originate – either renal cell carcinoma (RCC) or transitional cell carcinoma (TCC.) Tumors can often be asymptomatic – meaning the patient does not experience any signs or symptoms that something is wrong or that a tumor is present. The most common symptoms include:
- Abdominal mass
- Blood in urine
- Appetite Loss
- Weight Loss
- Excessive sweating
- Chronic abdominal pain
However, it is important to consider that all of the symptoms associated with kidney cancer can also stem from another source, and the presence of one or several does not necessarily indicate cancer. Patients experiencing unexplained symptoms that are persistent and do not resolve on their own over time should seek medical attention as soon as possible to obtain an accurate diagnosis.
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Smoking can significantly increase the risk of developing kidney and other cancers, and factors such as genetics and other underlying health conditions like Hepatitis C infection can also increase the risk for developing tumors.
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