If you’ve been recently diagnosed with kidney cancer, you and your family might be overwhelmed with questions and concerns. Your first decision is where to get treatment.
You want a place where you can get the most advanced treatment options available. A place where you are supported by a team of compassionate experts. A place where you are treated as a whole person.
MultiCare Regional Cancer Center is that place. We have the region’s best health care providers in the field of oncology. Our world-class treatment facility offers cutting-edge technology in a welcoming and positive healing environment.
A kidney tumor is an abnormal growth in the kidney, an organ responsible for many functions such as filtering blood, balancing electrolytes and intake of fluids. It’s important to understand that kidney cancer can be treated and cured if caught early.
The most common type of kidney cancer is renal-cell carcinoma.
Kidney cancer is often undiscovered until the later stages. Symptoms may include:
Taking steps to improve your health may lower your risk of getting kidney cancer. Ways to improve your health include quitting smoking, eating a healthy, balanced diet, getting regular exercise, lowering your blood pressure and avoiding exposure to environmental toxins.
The exact causes of kidney cancer are unknown, but there are several risk factors that could increase your chances of getting kidney cancer:
Von Hippel Lindau syndrome
Kidney cancer usually affects people over the age of 50. Men are more likely to get the disease then women. Smoking, being overweight and having a high-fat diet also increases the risk of getting kidney cancer.
Sometimes, substances in the workplace, such as asbestos, cadmium (a trace metal) and organic solvents (especially trichloroethylene), may also be risk factors for kidney cancer.
Occupations that have been linked to asbestos exposure include:
If your doctor thinks you may have kidney cancer, he or she will ask you questions about your medical history and give you a physical exam. Other tests may include:
Imaging tests are necessary to look at the inside your body and also to detect if the cancer has spread. These test include:
Surgery is the most common treatment for kidney cancer. Your doctor may use one of several surgical procedures to treat your cancer.
For transitional-cell carcinoma, the options include the following:
Renal-cell carcinoma does not respond well to chemotherapy but there are sometimes dramatic responses to newer immunotherapy approaches. Chemotherapy is used to treat patients with advanced kidney cancer and transitional-cell carcinoma.
Radiation therapy is often given to patients who are too sick to have surgery but want relief from their symptoms.
In addition to the therapies described above, we offer complementary therapies such as nutritional therapy, physical therapy, yoga, massage and emotional counseling. Many of these therapies are remarkably effective in addressing the side effects of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation by easing tension, reducing pain and improving quality of life.
Chris Chen, MD
Umesh Chitaley, MD
Trevor Dennie, MD
Michael Harris, MD
Sasha Joseph, MD
Jack Keech, DO
Lindsey Martin, ARNP
Nehal Masood, MD
Denise Mitchell, ARNP
Lavanya Sundararajan, MD
Troy Wadsworth, MD