Kidney cancer is one of the 10 most common forms of cancer. It forms in the cells in the kidneys, and in 9 out of 10 cases, is diagnosed as renal cell carcinoma, though there are some more rare forms of cancers that can start in the kidneys. Risk factors for kidney cancer include smoking, obesity, workplace exposure and genetics.
Screening is not routine for people without symptoms. Many kidney cancers are diagnosed early and are limited to the organ, but others are found after they have grown and spread to other areas of the body. Kidney cancer can be difficult to detect because the kidneys are deep inside the body, and tumors are often not felt until they have grown to a larger size. Tumors are often detected through imaging. If it is malignant, a multidisciplinary team of clinicians will work to develop a customized treatment plan.
Through close partnerships with Boston-based hospitals and the National Cancer Institute, we are able to offer cancer clinical trials designed to identify safer and more effective approaches to prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of your cancer. Learn more about the current clinical trials available here
The Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital is committed to supporting your mental and physical health through every step of diagnosis, treatment and recovery. From dedicated physicians and nurses to social workers and support groups, the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital has several resources for you and your family, all close to home. Learn more about our resources to support your care here
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