Five Early Symptoms of Kidney Cancer

When kidney cancer first develops, it usually causes very minor symptoms. Stomach pain and fatigue, which are among the most common issues, are often attributed to other, less serious conditions. As kidney tumors become larger, however, they can cause more distinct complications as they place pressure on organs in the abdomen.

Additional warning signs of kidney cancer

In addition to abdominal pain and general fatigue, some of the most common symptoms of kidney cancer include:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A chronic fever that is not caused by a viral or bacterial infection
  • Anemia
  • Swelling in the feet or ankles

How a physician can determine the cause of your symptoms

If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, your physician may recommend several different diagnostic tests, such as bloodwork, urine tests, ultrasounds, computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Your physician might also order an intravenous pyelogram (IVP) or renal arteriogram.

In many cases, kidney cancer is detected before it spreads to other organs. Patients with early-stage kidney cancer often have a variety of treatment options, which can lead to a more favorable outcome.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we offer a number of advanced tests for kidney cancer, as well as many evidence-based treatments. You can discuss your symptoms with an oncologist who exclusively specializes in kidney cancer, which offers an extra level of assurance that you will receive a prompt and accurate diagnosis. Or, if you have already been diagnosed with kidney cancer, you can turn to Moffitt for a reliable second opinion or treatment consultation. We welcome people with all types and stages of kidney cancer and no referral is required to request an appointment.

If you’re concerned about kidney cancer symptoms, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online to request a visit to Moffitt Cancer Center. One of our experienced oncologists can meet with you to discuss your symptoms and determine what – if any – diagnostic testing is most appropriate.