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.

Advanced Care for Renal Cell Carcinoma

For patients diagnosed with kidney cancer, UAR’s specialists work with you every step of the way, informing you of your options and providing care that ensures the best possible outcome.

Risk Factors for Renal Cell Carcinoma

The more common risk factors associated with renal cell carcinoma are:

  • Smoking
  • Age, sex and race – being older than 60, male or African American puts you at higher risk
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history
  • Long term hemodialysis

Symptoms of Renal Cell Carcinoma

Early renal cell carcinoma 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.