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Kidney cancer is a cancerous growth originating in the kidney itself. The exact causes of kidney cancer are unknown, but what is know is that certain kidney cells become mutated, accelerating their growth, but not dying off. This will build up a tumor on kidney, growing into more tumors on kidney, leading to different forms of kidney treatment, possibly including kidney surgery. As kidney cancer signs are slight, kidney cancer will often be discovered while undergoing different procedures.
Symptoms of Kidney Cancer
There are few early symptoms of kidney cancer in it’s beginning stages, part of what makes this a dangerous and potentially deadly form of cancer. By the time that signs of kidney cancer are apparent, it can already be too late.
Some believe that kidney stones might be a sign of kidney cancer symptoms, but kidney stones, while painful, are not the kidney tumor that can be brought by kidney cancer.
Kidney cancer signs and symptoms
Some of the symptoms kidney tumor or cancerous kidney cells are the ones listed below. These are some of the most common. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms on the kidney chart, you should consult a doctor.
- Blood in your urine, which may appear pink, red or cola colored
- Back pain just below the ribs that doesn't go away
- Weight loss
- Intermittent fever
Types of Kidney Cancer
- Kidney lymphoma
- Clear Cell RCC
- Papillary RCC
- Renal Oncocytoma
- Unclassified RCC
- Collecting Duct Carcinoma/Medullary
- Transitional Cell Carcinoma
If you feel any of the signs and symptoms of kidney cancer, check with your doctor as soon as possible.
Treatments for Kidney Cancer
The most common and affective treatment for kidney cancer involve surgery, actually going into the body and cutting the cancer out. If surgery isn't possible, or is the cancer is advanced, drug therapy might be considered, along with a procedure to freeze the cancer cells.