CJUA 

23 Kilmer Dr, Suite C
Morganville, NJ 07751

ph: 732-972-9000
fax: 732-972-0966

Kidney Cancer


Kidney cancer is a relatively uncommon cancer, only comprising about 3% of adult malignancies.  Unfortunately many patients are asymptomatic.  When symptoms are present they may include blood in the urine, flank or back pain, a flank mass, weight loss, hypertension, fatigue, elevated blood calcium levels and night sweats.  There are relatively few risk factors for developing kidney cancer.  These risk factors are phenacetin-analgesic abuse, cystic kidney disease associated with kidney failure, dialysis, kidney transplantation and rare genetic disorders including tuberous sclerosis and von-Hippel-Landau disease.  Kidney cancer is treated surgically when possible as this gives the patient the best chance for a cure and long-term survival.  Surgery may involve removing the entire kidney or only a portion of the kidney involved with the cancer.  The surgery may be performed open (with an incision) or laparoscopic (small incisions aided with tiny camera within the body).  Newer techniques include cryosurgery (freezing the tumor) and radio-frequency ablation (heating the tumor), however long term follow-up is still lacking.  Unfortunately, kidney cancer is resistant to radiation and chemotherapy.  Recently however, a new class of chemotherapeutic drugs have been found to be more responsive.  Trials with these medications are ongoing.

 

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23 Kilmer Dr, Suite C
Morganville, NJ 07751

ph: 732-972-9000
fax: 732-972-0966