Kidney Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Why Choose Us

The Steeplechase Cancer Center in New Jersey offers a multidisciplinary team approach to kidney cancer care. We know you are looking for the best cancer care in New Jersey, and our team of experts specialize in the strategic treatment of renal cancers with a multidisciplinary approach that delivers coordinated care based on a treatment plan developed especially for you.

As an affiliate of Rutgers Cancer Institute, The Steeplechase Cancer Center offers patients the unique opportunity to receive care from the research physicians of the Rutgers Cancer Institute Division of Urologic Oncology. The Steeplechase Cancer Center is a center of excellence for robotic surgery and is a leader in laparoscopic renal procedures.

We utilize this close collaboration between specialists like surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses, pharmacists and social workers to ensure comprehensive kidney cancer care for every patient.

Kidney Cancer

The most common type of kidney cancer is called renal cell cancer, with approximately 9 of 10 kidney cancers being this type. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 50,000 people were diagnosed with kidney cancer last year in the United States. But there is hope: More than 200,000 kidney cancer survivors are now living in the US. Recent advances in diagnosis and treatment options will allow even more patients to live full lives with the disease.

Risk factors for kidney cancer include smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, family history of kidney cancer, and advanced kidney disease.

Kidney Cancer Signs and Symptoms

The most common symptoms of renal cell cancer include the following:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Rapid, unexplained weight loss
  • Low back pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swelling of ankles and legs
  • Mass or lump on the side or lower back
  • Fatigue
  • Recurrent fever
  • Unrelieved pain in the side

However, each person experiences symptoms differently. Renal cell cancer symptoms may resemble other conditions or medical problems. As always, you should consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

U.S. News & World ReportKidney Cancer Treatment

After your kidney cancer is found and staged, we will discuss your treatment plan options with you. Factors in choosing your treatment plan include the stage of the cancer, your overall health, the side effects of the treatment, and the probability of extending your life and relieving symptoms.

Your renal cancer treatment options may include surgery, (including robotic surgery), ablation, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and chemotherapy. You may receive more than one type of treatment. The treatment that’s right for you depends on a variety of factors including the stage of your cancer and your general health.

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