Kidney Cancer Clinical Trials
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Finding kidney cancer early – before it has a chance to spread to other areas of the body, or metastasize – offers the best chance of beating cancer with powerful and effective kidney cancer treatment options.
Many people do not experience any noticeable symptoms of kidney cancer at an early stage. In the later stages, some symptoms that could be signs of kidney cancer may include:
It’s important to know that these symptoms may also signs be of other kidney disorders.
While it’s unclear what causes kidney cancer, several factors may increase your risk:
Some of the lab tests we use when diagnosing kidney cancer include:
These tests do not confirm a kidney cancer diagnosis. Advanced imaging and biopsy will be needed to do that. However, abnormal blood and urine test results can suggest that something is wrong.
Advanced imaging tests for kidney cancer diagnosis
Most often, kidney tumors is discovered when imaging studies are performed for another reason – for example, if you’ve had a traumatic injury that requires imaging for diagnosis.
But if you’re experiencing symptoms of kidney cancer, and had abnormal blood and/or urine tests, our team will perform imaging tests to help confirm a diagnosis.
When a kidney tumor or mass during the course of a CT scan or MRI scan, we may recommend that you have a needle core biopsy. This test lets us take a sample from the tumor to determine if it’s cancerous.
If the biopsy shows that cancer is present, our team will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan.
Kidney cancer that has spread beyond the kidneys - to the lungs, liver, lymph nodes, brain, or bones, for example - is known as metastatic kidney cancer.
We can see where your kidney cancer has spread with an imaging texts, including:
Depending on your specific situation, we may need to perform multiple tests to get an accurate picture of where your cancer has spread.
For patients diagnosed with metastatic kidney cancer, our team offers innovative treatment options and a personalized care plan tailored to your diagnosis.
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