Kidney Cancer Symptom

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Many kidney tumors go undetected due to the lack of symptoms and are incidentally detected during the medical evaluation of an unrelated problem. Kidney tumors can cause symptoms by compressing, stretching or invading structures near or within the kidney. Symptoms caused by these processes include pain (in the flank, abdomen or back) and blood in the urine (small amounts may not be visible). If cancer spreads beyond the kidney, symptoms depend upon which organ is involved. Shortness of breath or coughing up blood may occur when cancer is in the lungs; bone pain or fracture may occur when cancer in the bone; and neurologic symptoms may occur when cancer is in the brain. In some cases, the cancer causes associated clinical or laboratory abnormalities called paraneoplastic syndromes. These syndromes are observed in approximately 30% of patients with kidney cancer and can occur in any stage. Clinical symptoms include weight loss, loss of appetite, fever, sweats and high blood pressure. Laboratory findings include elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate, low red blood cell count (anemia), high calcium level in the blood, abnormal liver function tests, elevated alkaline phosphatase in the blood, and high white blood cell count. In many cases, the paraneoplastic syndrome resolves after the cancer is removed.

Blood in the urine 59%
Abdominal mass 45%
Weight loss 28%
Low blood counts (anemia) 21%
Tumor calcification on x-ray 13%
Symptoms of metastases 10%
Fever 9%
High calcium in blood 7%
High blood counts 7%


Common symptoms of kidney cancer include:

Blood in the urine (making the urine slightly rusty to deep red)

Pain in the side that does not go away

A lump or mass in the side or the abdomen

Weight loss


Feeling very tired or having a general feeling of poor health

These symptoms do not mean cancer. An infection, a cyst, kidney stones or various other problems, more often than not, can cause these same symptoms. That said anyone with any of these symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible, so that any problem can be diagnosed and dealt with as early as possible. A Delay In Checking May Cost YOU Your Life - it is to some extent wise to assume Kidney Cancer and eliminate that first rather than assume a bladder infection or Kidney Stone first and if you fail to establish that then to consider a cyst and failing all else consider Kidney Cancer.

Elimination of Kidney Cancer seeks to address the potential killer first and if it is not that there is plenty of time to deal with other likely causes of the symptoms. All too often several months pass before Kidney Cancer is considered leading to fatal developement of the cancer itself or metastasis.


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