Kidney Cancer Specialist

Pikes Peak Urology

Urologists & Cancer Surgeons located in Colorado Springs, CO

Kidney cancer is one of the top 10 most common types of cancer in the United States. In most cases, kidney cancer isn’t found until it’s in an advanced stage because it develops without causing symptoms. Surgery is one of the primary treatments for kidney cancer. The experienced team at Pikes Peak Urology in Colorado Springs, Colorado, utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques for the treatment of kidney cancer. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Kidney Cancer Q & A

What is kidney cancer?

Kidney cancer refers to cancer that develops in the kidneys. The types of kidney cancer include:

  • Renal cell carcinoma
  • Transitional cell carcinoma
  • Wilms tumor

It’s not unusual to develop growths, referred to as tumors, in the kidneys. These growths may be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). The growths may be fluid-filled cysts or solid tumors. 

Though cysts are the most common type of abnormal growth found in the kidneys, these growths are rarely malignant. However, if you have a solid growth in your kidneys, cancer may be a concern. 

Kidney cancer is more often diagnosed in adults 64 and older and is more common in men than in women. 

What causes kidney cancer?

More than 70,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with kidney cancer every year. You may be at risk of developing kidney cancer if you:

  • Have a family history of kidney cancer
  • Smoke 
  • Are obese
  • Have chronic high blood pressure
  • Misuse of pain medication for a prolonged period of time

Certain hereditary conditions may also increase your risk of kidney cancer, such as tuberous sclerosis or Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome.

What are the symptoms of kidney cancer?

Kidney cancer often develops without causing symptoms. However, some tumor growths in the kidney may cause:

  • Blood in your urine
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Chronic pain in your side
  • Anemia 
  • Fatigue

Kidney cancer is most often diagnosed during a routine visit with your doctor, often related to other health concerns. Your doctor may run a series of tests, such as an ultrasound, MRI, CT scan, and/or biopsy to diagnose kidney cancer and then refer you to the team at Pikes Peak Urology for further recommendations regarding treatment.

How is kidney cancer treated?

The team at Pikes Peak Urology works closely with your primary care provider and oncologist to support your kidney cancer treatment needs. Treatment for kidney cancer often requires surgical intervention. The urologists perform minimally invasive robotic surgeries (partial and total nephrectomies) for the treatment of kidney cancer. 

In addition to surgery, your treatment plan may also include radiation and/or chemotherapy.

For a surgical consultation for kidney cancer, contact Pikes Peak Urology by phone or through online booking.