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Kidney Cancer 101

Kidney Cancer Information

A x-Ray showing kidneys

In the United States, it’s estimated that 63,340 new cases of kidney cancer will be diagnosed in 2018. At AdventHealth patients receive best in care. Our experienced staff utilizes cutting edge techniques by offering procedures such as Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy and Robotic-Assisted Partial Nephrectomy.

  • Males are at higher risk of getting kidney cancer than females.
  • African Americans are diagnosed more frequently.
  • Approximately 1 in 48 men will have kidney cancer in their lifetime.
  • 50% to 80% of kidney cancer patients are diagnosed incidentally without any clinical symptoms.

Kidney Cancer Symptoms

Typically, kidney cancer patients are diagnosed incidentally. The clinical signs and symptoms are often occult since the majority of tumors are usually smaller when diagnosed radiographically. Larger tumors are more likely to present with clinical symptoms such as: pain, bloody urine or weight loss.

  • Flank or abdominal pain
  • Bloody urine
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Bone pain

The process to first diagnosis the tumor is done either through CT scan, ultrasound, or MRI. This process helps determine the location and size of the tumor, but does not definitively diagnose whether the tumor is benign or malignant. Determining if the tumor is benign or malignant, can only be done histologically by evaluating the tissue specimen after removal.

Renal Cell Carcinoma

Renal Cell Carcinoma is the most frequent type of kidney cancer, which accounts for about 90% of kidney cancers. This type of cancer forms from a tissue located in the kidney. First starts out as a small growth that enlarges over time and possibly spreads to other parts of the body.

Kidney Cancer Treatment – Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Here at the Global Robotic Institute, we have your best interests in mind. Our leading surgeons at work, dedicated staff and state-of-the-art facilities offer the most advanced procedures in a compassionate environment. Our robotic surgical team, lead by Dr. Vipul Patel, is one of the world's most experienced teams, having performed nearly 12,000 robotic-assisted surgeries.

The da Vinci robot allows our experienced surgical team to transfer their skills into a laparoscopic environment. Minimally invasive procedures such as Robotic-Assisted Partial Nephrectomy and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy are becoming the gold standard for treatment options. The potential benefits of robotic surgery are numerous and include shorter hospital stays, less risk of infection, less pain and scarring, less blood loss and faster recovery than traditional open surgery.

For more kidney cancer information or to discuss this revolutionary Laparoscopic or Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy, contact our caring professionals at AdventHealth.