Kidney cancer symptoms may not be immediately evident when the cancer is in its earliest stages. However, by paying close attention to possible signs and promptly consulting with a physician, you can increase your likelihood of detecting cancer early, allowing for a wider variety of treatment options.
Often, patients first learn of an issue when they see blood in their urine, which may appear light pink to dark red in color. Bloody urine (hematuria) can be caused by a number of conditions, such as bladder infections or kidney stones, so it’s a good idea to see a physician immediately to obtain an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Other possible kidney cancer symptoms include:
- Persistent pain in your side that wasn't caused by an injury
- A lump on your side or back
- Unexplained weight loss
- Persistent fever that is not the result of an infection
- Unrelenting fatigue
If cancer is present, ignoring symptoms like these can allow the cancer to advance, and may limit your treatment options.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our Urologic Oncology Program brings together world-renowned medical experts in a multispecialty team that can determine whether your symptoms indicate kidney cancer. If a kidney cancer diagnosis is made, we can develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific medical condition, health history and lifestyle needs. Our highly skilled team of oncologists can provide the most advanced chemotherapy and radiation therapy options available anywhere. Additionally, our surgical team has access to the most innovative technologies and procedures, including laparoscopy and robotic-assisted treatments, all aimed at maximizing the effectiveness, minimizing the invasiveness and reducing the associated recovery time of the surgeries.
Contact Moffitt Cancer Center by calling 1-888-MOFFITT or by using our convenient online patient registration form to learn more about kidney cancer symptoms and the diagnostic techniques and treatment options we have available. We accept patients with or without a referral.