Kidney Cancer

Helping New Orleans patients fight back

skeleton view of kidneysYour kidneys act as your body’s filtration system, creating urine by removing waste products from blood and expelling them through the urinary system. Those waste products are passed down into the urethra through tubes called ureters and then leave the body. When a kidney has cancer, new cells are produced without the old cells dying off, leading to tumors that can spread into other parts of the body. West Jefferson Medical Center offers treatments for kidney cancers.

While a benign tumor stays located in one general region of the body, malignant tumors will metastasize and spread into further parts of the body. While it is possible to remove malignant tumors, there is a high likelihood they will return.

Kidney cancer risk factors

The right oncology team on your side can help you make the right decisions for which treatments to pursue and what to expect. Prevention, however, is the ideal way to fight cancer.

Risk factors for kidney cancer can include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • History of dialysis
  • Work history

Men are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with kidney cancer compared to women. It is always advisable to go in for a checkup on a regular basis. Middle aged man smiling

Symptoms of kidney cancer can include:

  • Constant fatigue or poor health
  • Lingering pain in the side
  • Lump in the side
  • Blood in urine (red tint to urine)
  • Weight loss

Treatment options available

In cases of kidney cancer, the tumor will need to be removed from the organ. This can be performed in a few different ways, but will often require a large incision in any case.

Treatment options for tumor removal can include: woman going in for scan

  • Nephrectomy – Full or partial removal of the kidney
  • Arterial embolization – Blocking the flow of nutrients to the kidney in order to slow or stop tumor growth
  • Radiation therapy – High-energy radiation focused on a tumor to kill its cells
  • Biological therapy – Using a higher amount of natural bodily-produced substances to strengthen the body’s immune system
  • Chemotherapy – Use of cancer-fighting drugs to kill tumor cells