If you have one or more of the risk factors listed below, it doesn’t mean that you will get kidney cancer for sure. It just means you are more likely to get kidney cancer than someone who doesn’t have any risk factors. Most people who have kidney cancer don’t have any known risk factors.
To lower your risk of getting kidney cancer:
here to find out about the symptoms of kidney cancer.
here to find out about tests done to diagnose kidney cancer.
If you have kidney cancer that has not spread outside the kidney (localized disease), you will likely have surgery. Your doctor will tell you which surgery is best for you. Depending on the size and location of the tumour, surgery may be done by
laparoscopy or through an incision in the abdomen or the side of the body (open procedure). The types of surgery you may have include:
If the kidney cancer has spread, other treatments may be needed, including:
The sooner cancer is detected, the better your chance of survival.
If kidney cancer is found early, 90 percent of people live over 5 years. About 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with kidney cancer live over 5 years after they are diagnosed.
Current as of: October 14, 2020
Author: CancerControl Alberta, Alberta Health Services
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