About Kidney Cancer

The National Cancer Institute estimates about 58,000 new cases of kidney (renal) cancer will be diagnosed this year in the United States. The causes of kidney cancer are not known, but some risk factors have been identified, including smoking, obesity, high blood pressure (including related medications), genetics, extended use of pain medications (including over-the counter brands) and environmental exposure to chemicals such as asbestos and cadmium. 

Symptoms of kidney cancer can vary, but can include:

  • Lower back pain on one side (flank area)
  • Blood in the urine,
  • A mass in the flank area

Kidney Cancer Screening & Diagnosis

If a diagnosis of kidney cancer is made, a physician will determine the severity or stage of the cancer, including whether it has spread to other areas of the body.  Each cancer type has its own classification system. Treatment will be recommended based on the stage of cancer.

Multispecialty Team

NorthShore University HealthSystem physicians and the team at the Kellogg Cancer Center work collaboratively and are dedicated to putting patients and families at the center of a healthcare experience that delivers compassionate, quality care.

Every week, our multidisciplinary team meets to discuss each patient’s case in detail and to design a personalized treatment plan. Your team may include your medical oncologist, surgeon, radiation oncologist, nurse, genetics counselor, pathologist, nutritionist, interventional radiologist, and researchers focused on you. This meeting of the minds provides each patient with an individualized care plan to create the path for the most successful outcome. Our approach emphasizes open communication, collaborating with each other personally and through one of the most advanced electronic medical records systems in the country.

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