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Kidney Cancer

Kidney masses are commonly found by accident on radiology tests done for other reasons.  Symptoms may include a palpable lump in the abdomen, bloody urine, or pain.  Not all kidney masses are cancer.

Diagnostic tests can include:

  • Blood work
  • CT scan or MRI
  • Chest x-ray
  • Bone scan
  • Percutaneous biopsy

Your urologist can give you information regarding the likelihood of cancer, the stage, and prognosis.

There are several treatments available, including:

  • Active surveillance (observation)
  • Ablation with either cryotherapy or RFA (radiofrequency ablation)
  • Surgical removal with:
    • Open versus minimally invasive (laparoscopic) approaches
    • Kidney sparing (partial nephrectomy) or total kidney removal (radical nephrectomy)

The team at Fore River Urology understands that a newly identified kidney mass can be very frightening for patients and their families.  Our experienced physicians will promptly get you the information, testing, and treatment you need.  For an appointment, please call 207-518-6600.

More information for patients about kidney cancer can be found through the American Cancer Society and the Kidney Cancer Association.