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What is Kidney Cancer?

Description of the disease

Kidney cancer is an oncological disease that starts in the kidney cells. It can develop slowly and not cause symptoms in the early stages, making it difficult to diagnose.


  • Classic renal benign and malignant neoplasms: based on the type of tissue in which the cancer develops.
  • Papillary kidney cancer: this is the most common form of kidney cancer, which starts in the epithelial cells.


  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain in the side or abdomen
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue


The exact causes of kidney cancer are unknown. However, risk factors may include smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, and genetics.


Diagnosis of kidney cancer may include blood and urine tests, ultrasound, CT scan, and biopsy.


Treatment for kidney cancer may include surgical removal of the tumor, radiation and chemotherapy, as well as targeted therapy drugs.


Prevention of kidney cancer may include a healthy lifestyle, weight control, quitting smoking, and regular medical check-ups.


Kidney cancer is treated by oncologists and urologists.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.