Kidney Cancer

male doctor going through medical records with his senior male patient

About Kidney Cancer

Our kidneys work to remove waste from the body in the form of urine.  When a cancerous condition exists, urination flow or control may be impacted, which can be an early indicator. As organs that also produce hormones that help regulate blood pressure and red blood cells, kidney cancer can easily spread to through the lymph nodes and blood vessels to other parts of the body, such as the lungs, bones, or liver. The two most common types of kidney cancer are renal cell carcinoma (9 in 10 kidney cancers) and transitional cell carcinoma (approximately 1 in 10 kidney cancers), which originates in the lining of the renal pelvis outside of the kidney. Treatment will depend on if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.