Every year, nearly 75,000 new cases of kidney cancer are diagnosed, and about 15,000 Americans die of the disease. If you’re concerned about kidney cancer, call Urology Associates of Mobile. The board-certified urologists diagnose and treat kidney cancer at their offices conveniently located in Mobile, Daphne, Foley, Grove Hill, and Thomasville, Alabama, and Lucedale, Mississippi. Call Urology Associates of Mobile or schedule a consultation online today for potentially life-saving treatment.
Kidney cancer doesn’t usually cause symptoms in its early stages. However, as the disease progresses, you might notice symptoms such as:
If you notice any of these symptoms, especially blood in your urine, make an appointment at Urology Associates of Mobile. Early diagnosis is often critical to successful treatment for kidney cancer and other diseases of your kidneys and urinary tract.
While medical researchers haven’t identified a specific cause of kidney cancer, some common risk factors include:
Your risk of kidney cancer is also higher if you have other health conditions like von Hippel-Lindau disease or Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome.
Your urologist begins by reviewing your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. They perform a physical exam and order blood tests and urinalysis. If they suspect that you have kidney cancer, they order imaging tests like CT scans or an MRI to look for abnormal growths or tissue on your kidneys.
If your imaging studies show abnormal tissue, your doctor orders a biopsy to see if the abnormal growth is cancerous. A biopsy can also help your doctor identify the stage of cancer.
If you have kidney cancer, your doctor reviews your treatment options. In many cases, they recommend surgery to remove the tumor or your kidney. Your body can continue to clean your blood with one kidney.
However, depending on the grade and stage of your cancer, your doctor might also suggest treatments like cryoablation or radiofrequency ablation to destroy the cancer cells.
You might also benefit from immunotherapy, chemotherapy, radiation, or target treatments like medication that stops the signals that trigger abnormal cell growth.
You continue to have follow-up appointments and testing after your treatment. Your doctor needs to ensure your treatment is effective and monitor you for signs of recurring cancer.
If you’re concerned about kidney cancer or have blood in your urine, call Urology Associates of Mobile or make an appointment online today.