Cancer Treatment Centers in Pasadena, CA
At Pasadena CyberKnife, we know how overwhelming the fight against cancer can be – but we’re here to serve as a trusted ally. With a world-class team of cancer doctors and radiation oncologists, we’re proud to offer patients throughout the greater Los Angeles area cutting-edge radiation therapy and cancer treatments in our state-of-the-art cancer center. We’re proud to provide treatment for virtually any form of cancer, and if you or someone you love has been diagnosed with kidney cancer, we’re committed to helping you beat it.
About Kidney Cancer
Kidney cancer, also called renal cancer, is one of the 10 most common cancers for both men and women, with more than 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs, about the size of a balled fist, that sit on either side of the spine towards the back of the abdomen. The chief function of the kidneys is to filter the blood, remove toxins, and send them to the bladder.
Unfortunately, the kidneys are often exposed to chemicals and carcinogens as they filter them from the blood – which makes kidney cancer more likely. Kidney cancer usually forms in the tiny tubules of the kidney, which carry waste and urine through the organ. From there, the tumor may grow and eventually spread to other parts of the body.
Symptoms of Kidney Cancer
Unfortunately, kidney cancer rarely produces symptoms during its early stages, which can make it difficult to detect early on. When the cancer does begin to cause symptoms, these generally include:
- Blood in the urine – this is the most common symptom
- Chronic back pain with no apparent cause
- Loss of appetite
- Chronic fatigue
- Unexpected, inexplicable weight loss
- Intermittent but returning fever
Kidney Cancer Risk Factors
While scientists don’t exactly know what causes kidney cancer, research has uncovered a number of risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing kidney cancer. Risk factors for kidney cancer include:
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Family History of Kidney Cancer
- Obesity or Being Overweight
- Long-term Dialysis Treatment for Kidney Failure
While these risk factors can’t guarantee that you will or will not get kidney cancer, they impact the likelihood that you’ll develop renal cancer in your lifetime. You should talk with your doctor about your risk factors to determine a plan for early detection and treatment that fits your situation.
Schedule a Consultation with Your Los Angeles Radiation Oncology Clinic
While serious, kidney cancer is often treatable – and if you or a loved one have been diagnosed, Pasadena CyberKnife is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about the treatment options we offer for kidney cancer. Working together, we can create a comprehensive treatment plan to help you beat kidney cancer and reclaim a healthy, normal lifestyle.