Nearly 64,000 people are diagnosed with kidney cancer in the United States each year, affecting twice as many men as women. Finding out you have kidney cancer can be a difficult and confusing time. At Urology Specialty Care of Miami, Dr. Yekutiel Sandman is experienced in all stages of kidney cancer and offers compassionate care throughout diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Sandman offers various treatments, including minimally invasive robotic surgery. To learn more about managing kidney cancer, schedule a consultation at this Miami, Florida practice online or by phone.
As the name implies, kidney cancer starts in the kidneys, the organs responsible for filtering the waste in your blood to produce urine. A common type of kidney cancer in adults is known as renal cell carcinoma, which mostly affects people over 60. Kidney cancer in individuals under age 45 is rare but not impossible.
While the cause of renal cell cancer isn’t entirely clear, some risk factors do influence your likelihood of developing the disease. These risk factors can include:
If you have a family history of kidney cancer, you may be at increased risk of developing the disease.
In the early stages of kidney cancer, you might not experience any symptoms. In later stages of the disease, you may have symptoms like:
There are no screening tests available to diagnose kidney cancer during the early stages when you have no symptoms. Dr. Sandman can, however, evaluate your risks for developing cancer depending on your medical and family history. If your risks are high, he may perform exploratory surgery to ensure your kidneys are healthy.
Dr. Sandman may request blood work or imaging scans to determine if you have cancer. If your tests show abnormal results, your doctor may perform a biopsy to remove cell samples from your kidney for further testing.
Treatment depends on the progression of the cancer and whether it has spread to other parts of your body. Dr. Sandman customizes a treatment plan that may include nonsurgical treatments to freeze cancer cells, known as cryoablation, or heat cells using radiofrequency ablation. Medications and radiation therapy may also be useful in treating your cancer.
Surgery may be necessary to remove tumors and prevent cancer from spreading to other parts of your body. Dr. Sandman may also opt to remove your affected kidney and surrounding tissue using minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic surgeries.
To learn more about effectively managing kidney cancer, schedule a consultation online or by calling the office.