Since kidney cancer is not as common as some other cancers, it can be difficult to find a specialist with the expertise needed to provide the best in medical care.
At the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Dr. Matthew Katz is an accredited, fellowship-trained urologist who is among the few highly qualified surgeons in the state to offer robot-assisted surgeries.
Kidney cancer begins in the kidneys, which are located left and right of the backbone. The most common type of kidney cancer is renal cell cancer.
While each individual may experience symptoms differently, symptoms may include:
- Blood in the urine
- Rapid, unexplained weight loss
- Low back pain (not caused by injury)
- Loss of appetite
- Swelling of ankles and legs
- Mass or lump on the side of lower back
- Recurrent fever that is not caused by a cold or the flu
- Unrelieved pain in the side
Since these symptoms may also be associated with other conditions, please consult your doctor for a diagnosis.
The exact cause of kidney cancer is unknown, but some risk factors are:
An important part of the process is determining the stage of the cancer, which can be done in several ways:
Learn more about the Urology Cancer Clinic at UAMS.