Kidney Cancer Specialist

San Fernando Valley Urological Associates

Urologists located in Tarzana, CA & West Hills, CA

Over 65,000 men and women in the United States develop kidney cancer each year. To treat kidney cancer and protect the organ’s function, the San Fernando Valley Urological Associates team offers diagnostic testing at their offices in Tarzana and West Hills, California. The specialists tailor a treatment plan using advanced surgical techniques and technologies to destroy cancer cells and prevent the spread of cancer to other areas of your body. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for kidney cancer, call the San Fernando Valley Urological Associates office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Kidney Cancer Q&A

What is kidney cancer?

Kidney cancer develops when abnormal cells grow in the kidneys, the organs that filter waste and excess fluids out of your body.

While the cause of kidney cancer isn’t well understood, you might have a greater risk of developing it as you get older. Your risk rises if you have a history of smoking or you’ve been obese.

You might also be more likely to develop kidney cancer if the disease runs in your family, especially if you’re male.

What are the symptoms of kidney cancer?

Most kidney cancers are found in patients who undergo imaging study for an unrelated complaint. Once In the earliest stages of kidney cancer, you might not develop any symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, you could experience:

  • Fever
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Blood in your urine
  • Persistent back pain
  • Abdominal mass

Lab abnormalities called paraneoplastic syndromes show up in about 20% of patients with kidney cancer. These syndromes can cause unexplained weight loss, changes in appetite, and high blood pressure.

If you have any of the symptoms of kidney cancer or risk factors for the disease, you should schedule a cancer screening at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates right away. The doctors there often discover kidney cancer when testing for other conditions.

How is kidney cancer diagnosed?

In addition to a comprehensive review of your personal and family medical history, the team at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates order diagnostic tests like:

  • Blood work
  • Urinalysis
  • Imaging tests, such as an ultrasound, CT scan, or an MRI
  • Kidney biopsy

These tests also enable the urologists to determine the stage of the cancer and whether it’s spread beyond the kidneys. Based on your test results, the urology team will personalize a plan to treat kidney cancer and relieve your symptoms.

How is kidney cancer treated?

Treating kidney cancer typically involves surgery. The team at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates specialize in advanced surgical techniques, such as robotic assisted laparoscopic, to remove cancer by either removing the kidney entirely or just the cancer, while leaving the rest of the kidney in place   

Nephrectomy

A nephrectomy removes the entire kidney affected by cancer. Your surgeon might also remove some surrounding tissue, lymph nodes, and glands to reduce the risk of the cancer spreading.

Partial nephrectomy

A partial nephrectomy removes only the cancerous tumor from the kidney and some surrounding tissues. This kidney-sparing surgery is an option for people with small kidney tumors and those who have only one kidney.

Some kidney cancers are treatable with non-surgical solutions like cryotherapy that uses cold energy to destroy cancerous cells. Radiofrequency ablation is another non-surgical treatment. It uses radiofrequency energy to heat and destroy the cancerous tissue.

To learn more about the available treatments for kidney cancer, call the San Fernando Valley Urological Associates office nearest you today or book a consultation online.