What Is Kidney Cancer?

What Is Kidney Cancer?

Cancer Treatment Services in Orange County, CA

At Orange County CyberKnife, we pride ourselves on providing world-class cancer treatment services throughout the Orange County, CA area. As a leading provider of cutting-edge CyberKnife radiation therapy, we’re able to treat cancers all over the body using a convenient, effective, and safe cancer treatment that produces minimal side effects and minimal disruption to day-to-day life. We can treat a variety of cancers from our Orange County facility, and if you or a loved one have developed kidney cancer, our treatment team is here to help.

About Kidney Cancer

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, about the size of a fist, that sit in the lower abdomen on either side of your spine. The kidneys clean toxins and waste products from the blood, transporting them to the bladder and helping to keep your vascular system healthy and functioning properly. The vast majority of kidney cancers are renal cell carcinoma, which forms in tiny tubules within the kidney. Thankfully, kidney cancer is often found early on, before it metastasizes (spreads) to other parts of the body.

Symptoms of Kidney Cancer

Often, kidney cancer produces no symptoms, especially early on in the development of the cancer. However, as a tumor grows larger, it may produce a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Bloody urine
  • An unusual lump in the abdomen, side, or back
  • Chronic loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Unexplained, extreme fatigue
  • Swollen legs or ankles
  • Persistent fever that isn’t from a cold or sickness and doesn’t go away for weeks

Risk Factors for Kidney Cancer

While scientists still aren’t sure of the exact causes of kidney cancer, there are a number of factors that can increase risk:

  • Tobacco consumption
  • Obesity
  • Chronic use of certain pain medications
  • High blood pressure
  • A family history of kidney cancer
  • Exposure to certain chemicals like asbestos, cadmium, or some herbicides
  • Men are at a higher risk for kidney cancer
  • African-Americans are at a higher risk for kidney cancer

Schedule an Appointment with Your Orange County, CA Cancer Treatment Specialists

Thankfully, if kidney cancer is detected and diagnosed early, treatment is often successful. At Orange County CyberKnife, we’ve helped countless patients throughout the Orange County area beat kidney cancer as well as a wide variety of other cancerous conditions. If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with cancer, we know that this is probably a difficult time – but remember that you’re never alone. Call us today at 714.962.7100 or reach out to us at our contact page to discuss how we can help you beat cancer and reclaim total health. We’ll work with you to design a cancer treatment plan that works with your lifestyle, helping you overcome cancer and return to a normal, happy lifestyle.