The most appropriate form of kidney pain treatment is determined on a precise identification of the source of the discomfort. At Moffitt Cancer Center near Clearwater, FL, we offer a full range of diagnostic services for kidney pain, as well as the latest therapies for all types and stages of kidney cancer.
Painful kidney infections are very common and usually not serious, but complications can develop if an infection is left untreated. Antibiotic medications are usually the first line of treatment for kidney pain that is traced to an underlying bacterial infection. Typically, the symptoms will begin to lessen in intensity within a few days after antibiotic treatment is started, and physician-recommended pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs may be helpful in the meantime. Even after the pain completely resolves, however, it’s still important to finish an entire course of prescribed antibiotics in order to ensure that the infection is completely eliminated.
Much less frequently, kidney pain is linked to cancer. Treatment for kidney cancer should be highly individualized to ensure optimal effectiveness. At Moffitt Cancer Center near Clearwater, Florida, we take a multispecialty approach to kidney cancer treatment in our Urologic Oncology Program, where each patient’s plan is developed by a collaborative team that includes experienced surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other medical professionals.
For a patient who is experiencing pain related to kidney cancer, Moffitt’s team may recommend any of the following treatment options:
- Surgery (nephrectomy) — Surgical removal of all or part of an affected kidney, and possibly the adrenal gland located above it as well as some nearby lymph nodes
- Chemotherapy — Powerful medications administered orally or intravenously travel throughout the body via the bloodstream to reach and damage cancerous cells
- Radiation treatment — High-energy X-ray beams are directed at a cancer site
- Immunotherapy — A patient’s own immune system is boosted so that it can target and fight cancerous cells
Moffitt is also widely known for offering patients access to groundbreaking new treatments that are available only through our robust clinical trial program. Our researchers and clinicians are continually evaluating promising new surgical techniques, chemotherapy medications, radiation delivery methods and targeted therapies, and we are working tirelessly to improve the standard of care for all current and future kidney cancer patients.
If you have questions about kidney pain treatment, call Moffitt Cancer Center at 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online to request an appointment at our campus near Clearwater, FL. You do not need a referral from your physician to see a urologic oncologist at Moffitt.