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Kidney cancer

Kidney cancer, also known as renal cancer, occurs when abnormal cell growth in the kidneys causes a lump or tumor to form. Kidney cancer can be treated with a combination of immunotherapy, surgery, targeted therapy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

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Kidney cancer treatment in Nashville, Tennessee

Our kidney cancer specialists will guide your journey to healing.

Our team is your team. Our oncologists, nurses and every TriStar Health staff member involved in your care will work with you and create your personalized treatment plan. From diagnosis to recovery, we will be by your side.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.

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Symptoms of kidney cancer

Kidney cancers do not always have symptoms. They are often diagnosed while undergoing tests or scans for other medical reasons. There are, however, a few signs to keep an eye out for:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Fatigue
  • Increased sweating during the night
  • Lump around the kidney area
  • Painful spasms in the bladder or uterus
  • Subdued pain in your side
  • Unexplained weight loss

Kidney cancer treatments and services

Through our network of hospitals, you have access to oncology and nephrology (kidney) specialists who are experts in diagnosing and treating kidney cancer.

About kidney cancer

Kidney cancer, also known as renal cancer, occurs when abnormal cell growth in the kidneys causes a lump or tumor to form. Kidney cancer can be treated with a combination of immunotherapy, surgery, targeted therapy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Types of kidney cancer

Kidney cancer comes in various forms. The most common types include:

  • Renal cell cancer: Also known as adenocarcinoma or hypernephroma, this is the most common type of kidney cancer. Smoking and misuse of certain pain medications can increase your risk of developing this type of cancer.
  • Wilms' tumor: While it can affect older children and adults, it is most common in children less than five years old.
  • Transitional cell cancer of the kidney or ureter: This type of cancer begins in the transitional cells of the renal pelvis, the part of the kidney where urine collects before it goes down to the bladder.

Kidney cancer diagnosis

Imaging scans and diagnostic tests can help your doctor determine whether you have kidney cancer. These tests are usually performed for other reasons, but can be helpful in detecting cancer-related abnormalities and may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Image-guided biopsies
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans

Kidney cancer treatment

Once you have a confirmed diagnosis, your doctor will collaborate with oncologists and kidney specialists to develop the best treatment options for you. Your care plan may include:

  • Specialized surgery
  • Embolization
  • Tumor ablation
  • Radiation therapy or other biological therapies

Support for patients with kidney cancer

Cancer is a heavy burden to carry on your own, but the good news is, you don't have to. There are cancer support groups throughout the Greater Nashville area dedicated to helping you and your loved ones manage all of the challenges cancer brings.

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