What You Need To Know About™ Kidney Cancer

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This booklet is about cancer that starts in the kidney. Other names for this disease are renal cancer and renal cell carcinoma.

The booklets in the What You Need To Know About™ Cancer series will be retired on June 1, 2018. You can find accurate and up-to-date information about over 100 cancer types in the PDQ® cancer treatment information summaries for patients.

NCI’s Contact Center can help you find information about many types of cancer. Reach our information specialists by phone, chat, or email.

Learning about medical care for your cancer can help you take an active part in making choices about your care. This booklet covers:

  • How kidney cancer is diagnosed
  • Common symptoms for kidney cancer
  • Treatments for kidney cancer, including taking part in cancer treatment research studies

This booklet has lists of questions that you may want to ask your doctor. Many people find it helpful to take a list of questions to a doctor visit.

This booklet is not about transitional cell cancer (TCC) of the kidney. TCC is a different disease with different treatment options. For the latest information about TCC, visit:http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/transitionalcell

The information in this booklet was last updated in August 2010.