What is kidney cancer
Kidney cancer, also known as renal cancer, occurs when cells grow out of control, forming a tumor in one or both kidneys. A tumor can be benign (not cancerous), malignant (cancerous) or indolent (not immediately problematic). Most kidney cancers first appear in the lining of the kidney.
How common is kidney cancer
An estimated 64,000 new diagnoses of kidney cancer are projected in adults in the US this year. It is the sixth most common cancer in men, and rarely found in people under 45. 1
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What are the symptoms of kidney cancer
The following symptoms are common with kidney cancer:
- Blood in the urine
- Unusual mass or lump in the back
- High blood pressure
- Recurrent fever that is not from a cold, flu, or other infection
- Loss of appetite
- Back pain or pressure
- Leg or ankle swelling
- Unexplained weight loss
How is it diagnosed
Kidney cancer often is found with an ultrasound or x-ray being performed for another reason. Doctors use different tests to diagnose kidney cancer. If you or your doctor suspects kidney cancer, several screenings, tests, and procedures can be used to confirm a diagnosis.
- Physical examination
- Blood or urine tests
- Imaging tests:
- Bone scan
- Computed tomography (CT or CAT scan)
- Cystoscopy and nephro-uteroscopy
What are the subtypes of kidney cancer
There are several types of kidney cancer:
- Renal cell carcinoma the most common type of adult kidney cancer, and accounting for about 85% of all kidney cancer diagnoses. It begins in the renal pelvis where urine collects before moving to the bladder.
- Sarcoma rare type of kidney cancer, developing in the soft tissue of the kidney.
- Wilms tumor most common in children when clusters of the immature cells may form when the baby is born. The cells mature by age 3 or 4, but some may grow out of control, forming a mass.
- Lymphoma enlarged lymph nodes can cause both kidneys to enlarge as well as other areas of the body; this is called lymphadenopathy.
Accredo, a specialty pharmacy for kidney cancer, dispenses specialty and non-specialty kidney cancer medications including (but not limited to):
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Accredo also dispenses traditional chemotherapy medications as well as supportive care medications ordered by your prescriber that are not listed above.
Financing Your Care
Financial assistance coordination may be available to help with your medication costs, including manufacturer and community programs. Accredo representatives are available to help find a program that may work for you.
Community financial resources
Life-saving specialty medication can be expensive. Learn how the Accredo teams help individuals find ways to afford the medication they need to survive in this video.
Kidney cancer organizations
There are many organizations that support research and advocacy for cancer. See below for a few of those organizations.
- American Cancer Society
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- Association of Cancer Online Resources
- Cancer Support Community
- Livestrong Foundation
- National Foundation for Cancer Research
- Prevent Cancer Foundation
- Conquer Cancer Foundation
- Cancer GRACE
- National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network
- Patient Advocate Foundation
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