Kidney pain can have several causes, and the treatment of each specific diagnosis can vary. Therefore, it’s important to accurately pinpoint the source of the pain. Toward that end, a comprehensive range of diagnostic services is conveniently available to individuals in Tampa, FL, at Moffitt Cancer Center.
In some cases, ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be helpful for temporarily relieving kidney pain, but it’s important to note that these medications do not address the actual source of the discomfort. Also, individuals who have known kidney conditions or compromised renal function are usually advised to avoid using medications that filter through the kidneys, because this can potentially cause further renal damage.
Kidney pain treatment may also involve taking a course of antibiotics to resolve an underlying bacterial infection. Alternatively, urologic surgery may be recommended to remove a large kidney stone that is causing a painful blockage in a ureter (a duct through which urine passes from a kidney to the bladder).
When kidney pain is associated with cancer, its treatment is highly specialized based on a number of individual factors, including the size and stage of the tumor. In the renowned Urologic Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, each patient’s treatment is overseen by a multispecialty team. Our highly collaborative approach helps to ensure that each treatment plan incorporates input from a wide range of medical perspectives, including those of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other cancer specialists.
Moffitt offers the following types of treatment for pain caused by kidney cancer:
- Partial nephrectomy – A surgeon removes cancerous kidney tissue
- Simple nephrectomy – A surgeon removes an entire kidney
- Radical nephrectomy – A surgeon removes an entire kidney and adrenal gland, along with some nearby lymph nodes
- Radiation therapy – High-energy X-ray beams are directed at an affected kidney to damage and destroy cancerous cells
- Chemotherapy – Powerful medications are taken by mouth or vein and enter the bloodstream to reach and destroy rapidly dividing cancer cells that have spread throughout the body
- Immunotherapy – A patient’s own immune response is stimulated and strengthened to help fight cancer
- Molecular targeted therapy – Drugs are used to precisely target kidney cancer cells with minimal effect on healthy tissue
Additionally, Moffitt has a robust portfolio of clinical trials with active protocols for kidney cancer treatment. In this way, we are able to offer our patients access to groundbreaking new options that are not yet available elsewhere. Positioned firmly at the forefront of cancer research, Moffitt has earned the prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute.
For more information 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. Our urologic oncologists in Tampa, FL, see patients with and without referrals.