There is no such thing as routine kidney cancer. Every patient’s kidney cancer is different, with different, individually unique genes and molecules driving that specific cancer.

In fact, our unique Multidisciplinary Kidney Cancer Clinic offers all newly diagnosed patients an on-site, thorough evaluation and treatment-options review with experts from urologic radiation oncology, surgical oncology and medical oncology – all on the same day – so that together, the patient and the experts can decide on the best personalized treatment option.

And by offering access to the country’s most advanced clinical trials right here at the OSUCCC – James, patients know that additional options, when needed, are often available for their treatment and care.

About Kidney Cancer

The kidneys are two organs located in the middle to lower back of the abdominal wall, near the spine. They help filter the blood and play a role in controlling blood pressure.

Leftover products from the blood, such as water, salt and other waste products, are concentrated into urine. Urine is then transported from the kidneys to the bladder, where it is stored until eliminated from the body.

About 64,000 people are diagnosed with kidney cancer in the United States every year. Men develop the disease more than women do, and most kidney cancer patients are diagnosed in their mid-60s. Kidney cancer occurs more often in Native Americans than in any other ethnic group in the United States.

Nine out of 10 kidney cancers are renal cell carcinomas, which usually start in the lining of the tubules of the kidney.

Kidney Female Anatomy

Kidney Male Anatomy

Kidney Cancer Symptoms

Kidney cancer that has just formed, or that is early in its progress, may not cause any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include the following:

  • Blood in the urine
  • A lump in the abdomen
  • A pain in the side that doesn't go away
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Anemia

Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have kidney cancer. But if you have symptoms, you should discuss them with your doctor, especially if they last longer than a few weeks.

(Source: National Cancer Institute)

If you’ve been diagnosed with kidney cancer, would like a second opinion or would like to speak with a kidney cancer specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.

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