Kidney Cancer Specialist in Jacksonville
In the United States, it’s estimated that over 54,000 new cases of kidney cancer were diagnosed in 2008, resulting in over 13,000 deaths. Approximately one in 75 people will develop kidney cancer in their lifetime. Nearly 65% of patients are diagnosed incidentally with imaging (CT, MRI, Ultrasound), without having any symptoms.
As one of the leading innovators in Urologic Care since 1921, McIver Clinic provides the highest level of care to patients suffering from kidney cancer. Our board-certified urologists in Jacksonville are expertly trained in the diagnosis of kidney cancer and are dedicated to providing comprehensive care to patients in Jacksonville, FL. They will take the time to diagnose your symptoms and discover the best treatment option for you. For more information, call our urology clinic in Jacksonville at (904) 355-6583 to schedule an appointment today.
Kidney Cancer Symptoms
The majority of kidney tumors are found after abdominal films are ordered for other medical issues. The clinical signs and symptoms are often absent since the majority of tumors are small when diagnosed radiographically. Larger tumors are more likely to present with clinical symptoms such as: pain, bloody urine or weight loss.
Some signs and symptoms of larger tumors may include:
- Flank pain (flank pain occurs in the kidney region in the middle to lower back, and typically it is felt in an area that stretches from the lower ribs in the mid back below the shoulder blade around to the front of the abdomen)
- Abdominal pain
- Bloody urine
- Weight loss
Once the tumor is identified, the CT scan, ultrasound or MRI is thoroughly reviewed to help determine what treatment modality is best suited for the patient. Imaging does not provide a definitive diagnosis (whether the tumor is benign or malignant). Determination of whether the tumor is benign or malignant can only be done through the careful review of a pathologist after specimen removal.
Types of Kidney Cancer
90% of kidney cancers are known as Renal Cell Carcinoma. These arise as an abnormal growth of renal parenchyma (“bean” shaped portion of the kidney). The rest of renal tumors are known as Transitional Cell Carcinoma, which arise from the collecting system of the kidney (drainage portion of the kidney).
Schedule Kidney Cancer Treatment in Jacksonville, FL
Prognosis and treatment depend on the stage of the disease, the patient’s age, and overall general health. One of our urologists can confirm a diagnosis and create a treatment plan with you. For more information on kidney cancer, call our urology clinic in Jacksonville, FL at (904) 355-6583.