Kidney Cancer

Our Approach to Treatment

Houston Methodist’s specialists are among the nation’s leaders in treating kidney cancer. We are committed to ensuring each patient receives expert care in a compassionate, collaborative and innovative environment that stretches across many departments and specialties.


Our surgeons and doctors almost always use minimally invasive procedures to speed recovery and preserve kidney function. Experts, including medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, routinely consult to provide each patient with exceptional and personalized care.


Additionally, our dedication to quality patient care attracts the world’s leading doctors, surgeons and researchers to Houston Methodist. Our researchers continuously study new therapies and treatments that will improve our patients’ outcomes.


Kidney Cancer Symptoms

  • Blood in your urine
  • Persistent pain in your side
  • A lump or mass in your side or abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained fever
  • Persistent fatigue


Risk Factors

  • Age – most cases occur after age 50
  • Gender – Men are more than twice as likely to get kidney cancer as women
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Exposure to asbestos, cadmium, coke (in making steel), benzene, herbicides and organic solvents
  • Advanced kidney disease and long-term dialysis
  • Rare inherited conditions – von Hippel-Lindau disease or hereditary papillary renal cell carcinoma
  • Family history of kidney disease



  • Imaging – computerized tomography (CT) scan or MRI
  • Urine tests
  • Blood tests
  • Biopsy – a thin needle is inserted through your skin into the kidney to remove a tissue sample, which is examined for cancerous cells

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