Kidney Cancers comprise about 35% of all adult cancers. They primarily occur in the 50 to 70 year age group, but it is not uncommon to see them in the 40’s. Men develop this disease about twice as often as women. Smokers double their risk of this condition. By far, most kidney cancers are renal cell cancers. These are cancers that develop from the lining of the tubules in the kidney.
Kidney cancers used to be discovered when patients noted blood in their urine or a mass in the abdomen. In the last few decades, they are commonly found during ultrasound or x-ray examinations for other reasons. Sometimes passing a kidney stone leads to the discovery of these tumors.
Treatment for Kidney cancers is usually surgical. Removal of the entire kidney was often required in the past. As more cancers have been found incidentally, they are sometimes smaller in size and can be treated with only removing part of the kidney (a partial nephrectomy) or by freezing the tumor. The exact approach to each tumor depends on its location, size and the anatomy of the kidney. Dr. Snoy is adept at laparoscopic surgery to remove these tumors.