What is Kidney Cancer?

Kidney cancer, also known as renal cancer, begins in the kidney, the two bean-shaped organs on either side of the lower portion of the backbone. Read more about kidney cancer ›

Overview of Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer occurs when abnormal kidney cells grow and divide uncontrollably. The cells invade and destroy the normal kidney tissue, and they can spread  to other organs. Renal cell carcinoma, transitional cell carcinoma, and Wilm's tumor are  types of kidney cancers.

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I’ve Just Been Told I Have Kidney Cancer

Your doctor will have used imaging tests or a biopsy to confirm that you have kidney cancer. The next step is to determine the stage of your kidney cancer to learn how far the disease has progressed.

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Types of Kidney Cancer

There area few different types of kidney cancer, each named for the location and characteristics of the tumor cells. The main type of kidney cancer is called renal cell carcinoma.

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Tests You May Need After You Know You Have Kidney Cancer

Once you have learned you have kidney cancer, other tests may be needed to learn more about your specific type of cancer and to see whether or not it has spread. These tests will help determine the most effective types of treatment for you.

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