Kidney Cancer Treatment in St. George, UT
Several types of cancer can develop in the kidneys. Renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the most common form, accounts for 85% of all cases. In renal cell carcinoma, cancerous cells develop in the lining of the kidney’s tubules and grow into a mass called a tumor.
Early on kidney tumors do not produce symptoms but may be detected incidentally during the evaluation of an unrelated problem. As the tumor grows, symptoms may develop such as a lump or pain in your side, back, or abdomen or blood in your urine. If the tumor spreads to other organs, symptoms may develop in those organs.
Testing and Treatment
There are no blood or urine tests that directly detect the presence of kidney tumors. Instead, when a kidney tumor is suspected, your doctor will order an ultrasound, CT scan or MRI of the abdomen. Additional imaging studies can be used to determine the cancer’s stage and grade.
When the tumor appears confined to the kidney (a “localized” tumor), there are two main treatment options.
Kidney cancer that has spread to other parts of the body or has recurred may not be curable, but it may be controlled with the following therapies.
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