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Kidney cancer, a serious disease in which cancer cells first form in the kidneys, usually develops over time. As the cancer cells grow, they spread more deeply into the kidney and to surrounding areas. When the disease spreads outside the kidney, cancer cells are often found in nearby lymph nodes, lungs, bones, or the liver. Cancer may also spread from one kidney to the other.
If a diagnosis of kidney cancer is suspected, your healthcare provider will gather information on your complete medical history and any possible symptoms you are experiencing. Common symptoms include blood in the urine, weight loss, and chronic pain in the side. In addition, certain tests will likely be performed. A few of the tests used to either confirm or rule out a diagnosis include:
  • Urine tests
  • Blood tests
  • Intravenous pyelogram (IVP).
Many treatment options are available for this type of cancer, including surgery, arterial embolization, and chemotherapy.
(For more information on this condition, including details on prognosis, click Kidney Cancer.)
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