Kidney Cancer

The kidneys filter waste from the blood to be expelled in urine. There are several types of kidney cancer. The most common kind is renal cell carcinoma, which accounts for 90 percent of kidney cancer cases.

Cancer can also start in the adrenal glands, which sit atop the kidneys. The hormones made by these glands regulate many body functions, including heart rate and blood pressure. Most adrenal tumors are not cancerous and can be surgically removed. Cancerous adrenal tumors are usually found because of the symptoms they cause.

The staff at the Beaumont Cancer Institute treat more than 150 cases of kidney cancer each year. They are dedicated to offering counseling, diagnosis and exceptional care to patients with kidney cancer and their families. Beaumont is leading the way in minimally invasive treatments, including radiofrequency ablation (RFA), which kills tumor cells without harming surrounding tissue.

What is kidney cancer?

Most cancers are named after the part of the body where the cancer first begins, and kidney cancer is no exception. Kidney cancer begins in the kidneys, two large, bean-shaped organs - one located to the left, and the other to the right of the backbone. Renal is the Latin word for kidney, and kidney cancer may also be referred to as renal cancer.

What are the different types of kidney cancer?

Nearly 61,560 persons in the US are expected to be diagnosed with kidney and pelvic renal cancers in 2015, with the most common type called renal cell cancer. The information contained on this page refers to renal cell cancer.

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