Kidney cancer is cancer that originates in the kidneys.
Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Cancer
What are signs or symptoms of kidney cancer?
Unfortunately, kidney cancer rarely causes visible signs or symptoms in its early stages. In the later stages, the most common sign of both renal cell and transitional cell cancers is blood in the urine (hematuria). Most of the time RCC is now found incidentally, during physical examinations for other problems, by imaging studies such as ultrasound, CAT scan or MRI. You may notice the blood when you urinate, or your doctor may detect blood from a urinalysis, a test that specifically checks the contents of your urine.
Other possible kidney cancer symptoms may include:
- Flank pain - Pain on one side of the body between the upper abdomen and the back.
- Abdominal Mass - a mass in the area of the kidneys discovered during an examination
- Anemia - a condition in which the number of red blood cells is below normal
- Fever - not due to cold or flu
- Unexplained weight loss, often rapid
- Fatigue and general feeling of poor health