Finding Treatments for Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer is a condition in which there is an uncontrolled growth in the kidney cells. Renal cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of kidney cancer. Smoking, obesity, high blood pressure etc. are some of the factors that can increase the risk of having kidney cancer. It is very important to find seek medical opinion and be actively involved in what you can personally do as soon as the condition is diagnosed.

What are the symptoms of kidney cancer?

Let’s take a look at some of the symptoms of kidney cancer.

  • Blood in the urine
  • Lump near kidneys
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Constant fever or night sweats

Treatment options

Your medical professional will be able to explain various treatment options. Let’s take a look at some of the treatment options provided by an oncologist.

Nephrectomy:

In this procedure, the surgeons remove the kidney and the nearby adrenal gland. Adjacent lymph nodes may also be removed in this process. Depending on the severity of the condition, the surgeon will suggest the best cancer treatment.

Embolization:

In this procedure, the doctor blocks the flow of the blood to the tumor. During this procedure, a small tube is inserted into the groin. A special material is passed through the catheter into the blood vessel which blocks the supply of blood to the kidney. This leads to the shrinking of the tumor.

Cryoablation:

Small incisions are made in the tumor, and special needles such as cryoprobes are inserted into the tumor. Cancer cells are killed through the process of freeze-thaw process. In this process, a gas is used to freeze the cells. Another gas is used which the cells are warmed again. Hopefully following this procedure the cancer cells are killed.

Targeted therapies:

This therapy helps the other therapies such as chemotherapy work in a better way. It is designed to identify the receptors and the proteins unique to specific kidney cells. If the procedure works as intended, it blocks the growth of new blood vessels that facilitate in the growth of new cancer cells.

Radiation therapy:

This therapy seldomly completely kills and cures the cancer but it can help to reduce the symptoms.

These were some of the methods which can help and provide information for those seeking treatment and or a cure for cancer.