Frequently Asked Questions About Kidney Cancer
Q: Why should I choose Chesapeake Urology for the diagnosis and treatment of kidney cancer?
A: When you choose Chesapeake Urology for the diagnosis and treatment of kidney cancer, you’re receiving the highest level of care by some of the region’s most experienced urologists. At Chesapeake Urology, our physicians are on the leading edge of the most sophisticated technology, advanced therapies and clinical trials for renal cell carcinoma. Our team of professionals and cancer specialists not only deliver the most advanced medical, surgical and oncologic care, but do so in the most compassionate way.
Q: What are the symptoms of renal cell carcinoma?
A: Kidney cancer, such as renal cell carcinoma (RCC), often has no symptoms in its early stages, which is why it’s so important to have annual physical exams and to stay on top of your own health. RCC can often be found on medical tests such as CT scans or ultrasounds that are given for other health concerns. For RCC that is more advanced, the most common symptom is hematuria, which is blood in the urine. Your doctor can detect hematuria through a urinalysis. If you experience any unusual symptoms, it’s always important to bring them to the attention of your physician.
Q: What are some of the risk factors associated with renal cell carcinoma?
A: Smoking is one of the top risk factors for the development of kidney cancer. Being over the age of 60, African American and male can also increase your risk of developing this disease, as can obesity and a family history of kidney cancer. Talk with your doctor about your risks and what you can do to help prevent kidney cancer.
Q: I’ve been diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma. What are my treatment options?
A: Chesapeake Urology offers patients a full arsenal of treatment options for kidney cancer. Surgery is the standard treatment for renal cell carcinoma, whether it’s the complete removal of the kidney (nephrectomy) or a partial nephrectomy, removal of the tumor and cancerous tissue in the kidney. Our urologists are specially trained in minimally invasive surgery, as well as laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques to provide patients with the best outcomes possible.
Q: Can kidney cancer be prevented?
A: There are a number of lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent kidney cancer or the recurrence of the disease including:
- Quit smoking
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Keep blood pressure under control
- Avoid exposure to dangerous chemicals and environmental toxins
- Exercise and eat fruits and vegetable
- Have regular physical exams