Kidney Cancer Treatment in Charleston, SC
The physicians at Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC have years of experience in the causes, detection and treatment of kidney cancer. Here are answers to a few commonly asked questions about kidney tumors.
What is a kidney tumor?
A kidney tumor is an abnormal growth within the kidney. It can be benign (non-spreading) or malignant (spreading.) Malignancy, or kidney cancer, is slightly more common in males. We usually diagnose it between the ages of 50 and 70 and it is typically non-hereditary. The most common form of kidney cancer is renal cell carcinoma (RCC.)
What are the symptoms of kidney cancer?
In recent years, we are discovering the majority of kidney tumors without symptoms. In other words, we detect them “incidentally” while evaluating an unrelated problem. These small tumors can present with subtle traces of blood in the urine (either microscopic or visible).
Larger tumors may cause compression, stretching, or invasion of structures near the kidney resulting in pain in the flank, abdomen or back. The mass may be palpable in the abdomen on physical exam.
If the cancer spreads (metastasizes) beyond the kidney, symptoms depend upon the organ(s) involved.
How do you diagnose kidney cancer?
Unfortunately, we have no blood or urine tests to directly detect the presence of kidney cancer. When we suspect a kidney tumor, we obtain a radiographic imaging study, like a CT, MRI, or Ultrasound. In some cases, we may require a combination of studies to assess the tumor completely.
Detect and Treat Kidney Cancer at Lowcountry Urology Clinics!
It is important to look out for kidney cancer, especially if you are between the ages of 50 and 70. To learn more, and to schedule a screening, please contact Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC.