Around 73,820 new cases of kidney cancer are diagnosed each year, making it one of the top 10 most common cancers in the United States. The team of expert oncologists at Wellness Oncology & Hematology, with offices in West Hills and Tarzana, California, provide diagnosis and customized treatments to help your body fight kidney cancer and restore your health. If you’re concerned about kidney cancer, call Wellness Oncology & Hematology or schedule a consultation online today.
When changes in your DNA trigger abnormal cell growth in your kidneys, you develop kidney cancer, sometimes called renal cancer. In most cases, kidney cancer begins in the lining of your renal tubules, the tiny tubes that clean your blood and produce urine.
Medical research shows a link between kidney disease and kidney cancer. Things like long-term dialysis, kidney surgery, and immunosuppressant medicines can contribute to your risk of developing kidney cancer. Other risk factors include smoking, obesity, and high blood pressure.
Kidney cancer doesn’t usually cause any warning signs in its early stages. However, as your tumor grows, you could develop symptoms like:
Other conditions like bladder and urinary tract infections can cause similar symptoms so it’s critical to get a diagnosis so you can start appropriate treatment to restore your health.
In most cases, kidney cancer is discovered when you are tested for another health issue. If you show signs of kidney cancer in other tests, your oncologist uses ultrasounds, MRIs, or CT scans to study your kidneys for signs of cancer. They might also order a biopsy to collect cells for additional testing.
The oncology team at Wellness Oncology & Hematology provide state-of-the-art treatment of kidney cancer. Your oncologist designs a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs. They often combine a variety of therapies to fight your cancer.
One of the most common treatments of kidney cancer is the surgical removal of part or all of your kidney. Your oncologist could remove just your tumor or, if you have a more advanced kidney cancer, they can take out your entire kidney as well as surrounding tissue and lymph nodes.
Your oncologist could offer you thermal ablation, a treatment that burns or freezes the abnormal cells. They might also recommend immunotherapy to help your body identify and fight off the abnormal cells or anti-angiogenic therapies that prevent cancer from growing new blood vessels and spreading.
You could also benefit from medicines that slow the growth of cancer or drugs that work with your immune system to identify and destroy cancer cells.
Call Wellness Oncology & Hematology today or make an appointment online for expert treatment of kidney cancer.