Urology of Greater Atlanta

Kidney Cancer Specialist

Urology Of Greater Atlanta

Every year 62,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney cancer. When detected early, kidney cancer is highly treatable, although it doesn’t usually cause symptoms in its early stages. At Urology of Greater Atlanta, in Atlanta, our board-certified urologists are experts in diagnosing and treating kidney cancer. Call today or book an appointment online with Urology of Greater Atlanta.

What is kidney cancer?

Kidney cancer develops when cells inside your kidney start to grow abnormally, multiplying rapidly, eventually forming a tumor. Your kidneys are fist-sized organs located behind the abdominal organs on each side of your spine. They filter waste products out of your blood, which leaves your body as urine.

Some of the warning signs of kidney cancer include pain in your lower back or sides, hematuria, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, and fatigue. 

What are the risk factors for kidney cancer?

The exact causes of kidney cancer aren’t fully understood, but medical researchers have identified several risk factors, including:

  • A personal or family history of kidney cancer
  • Smoking
  • Long-term medication use
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

Your risk of developing kidney cancer increases with age. 

How is kidney cancer diagnosed?

The urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta diagnose kidney cancer with an exam and testing. After reviewing your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle factors, your physician feels your back, sides, and abdomen for any lumps. They also usually order imaging services, including CT scans and MRIs. 

If the imaging studies show abnormalities, your doctor performs a biopsy to collect a tissue sample to check for abnormal cells or evaluate the stage of your cancer. 

What treatment is available for kidney cancer?

Your urologist creates a personalized treatment plan to fight kidney cancer. For example, if you have an elevated risk of the disease, your doctor might recommend active surveillance. However, if your condition is more advanced, your urologist might suggest a procedure to remove the abnormal cells, such as cryotherapy or radiofrequency ablation.

In severe cases, your urologist can perform surgery to remove the tumor or the entire affected kidney. They offer traditional open surgeries as well as minimally invasive and robotic procedures. 

You might also need to have chemotherapy or radiation to ensure that all cancerous cells have been destroyed.

If you’re concerned about kidney cancer, call Urology of Greater Atlanta today or make an appointment online today. 

Our urologist team operates out of six offices and a surgical center to serve the needs of all Northern Georgia residents.

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Stockbridge, Country Club Drive

290 Country Club Drive Suite 100, Stockbridge, GA 30281

Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge Drive

4799 Blue Ridge Drive Suite 107, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Sandy Springs, Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE

755 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE Suite 220, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Griffin, West College Street

230 West College Street Bldg. C, Griffin, GA 30224

Riverdale, Upper Riverdale Road

29 Upper Riverdale Road Suite 150, Riverdale, GA 30274

Jackson, West Third Street

1502 West Third Street Suite B, Jackson, GA 30233