Kidney Cancer

Let's Talk About Kidney Cancer

We've got the doctor-approved scoop on kidney cancer symptoms, treatments, and a jillion other facts and tips that can make life with this challenging condition easier.

    Our Pro PanelKidney Cancer

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts in kidney cancer to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Katy Beckerman, M.D, Ph.D.

    Katy Beckerman, M.D, Ph.D.Medical Oncologist

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Nashville, TN
    Pavlos Msaouel, M.D., Ph.D.

    Pavlos Msaouel, M.D., Ph.D.Medical Oncologist

    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, TX
    Phillip Pierorazio, M.D.

    Phillip Pierorazio, M.D.Director, Division of Testis Cancer, Urologist

    Johns Hopkins University
    Baltimore, MD
    Kidney cancer statistics: number of Americans who will be diagnosed in 2020, percentage of patients who are men, average age of diagnosis, survival rate, and increased risk for men who smoke
    Nikki Cagle
    Risk factors for kidney cancer include being male, being over 55, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, and chronic kidney disease
    Nikki Cagle
    Common treatments for kidney cancer include active surveillance, thermal ablation, surgery, and drug therapy
    Nikki Cagle

    Frequently Asked QuestionsKidney Cancer

    What are the signs of kidney cancer?

    Most people have no symptoms—their tumors are found by chance during other medical procedures. For patients with symptoms, these can include blood in your pee, pain in your lower back, and a lump in your side or back. Kidney cancer can also cause more vague problems like high blood pressure, fatigue, weight loss, persistent fever, and a low red blood cell count.

    How often does kidney cancer come back?

    The likelihood of recurrence depends on the type of cancer and what stage doctors found the disease. Generally after five years, the chance of kidney cancer coming back ranges from 30% to 60%. For patients with tumors confined to the kidney who have surgery, around 20% to 30% get cancer again in the next few years.

    What’s the chance of developing kidney cancer?

    The lifetime risk of developing kidney cancer is 1.2% for women and 2.1% for men. Today, more than 550,000 people in the U.S. live with kidney cancer.

    What is the survival rate for kidney cancer?

    More than 75% of patients live five years or more after being diagnosed with kidney cancer, but prognosis varies by cancer type, how far the disease has progressed, and your underlying health.

    Lexi Krupp

    Lexi Krupp

    Lexi Krupp is a journalist who covers health and science stories for audio and print.