Kidney Cancer, Renal Cancer | Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

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Kidney (Renal) Cancer Stories
Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

Kidney cancer can develop in adults and children. The main types of kidney cancer are renal cell (cancer forms on the outside or cortex of the kidney) and urothelial cancer (cancer forms in kidney lining). Renal cell carcinoma accounts for about 85% of all kidney cancers.

Explore below for our in-depth kidney cancer stories from our community members who share everything from first symptoms to navigating life with cancer.


Renal Cell Carcinoma Stories

Kidney Cancer: Renal Cell Carcinoma, Stage 2 | Rachel’s Story

Rachel Rhee, Renal Cell Carcinoma, Stage 2



Cancer details: > 90% of malignant kidney tumors
1st symptoms: Excessive fatigue, blood in urine, sharp abdominal, back pain
Treatment: Laparoscopic nephrectomy (surgical removal of kidney)
Kidney Cancer Stories: Renal Cell Carcinoma, Stage 4 | Laura’s Story

Laura Ferster, Renal Cell Carcinoma (Clear Cell), Stage 4



1st Symptoms: Severe headaches



Treatment: Partial nefrectomy (surgical removal of one kidney), Gamma Knife brain radiation, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), nivolumab (Opdivo), Avastin, cabozantinib

Transitional Cell Carcinoma Stories

Kidney Cancer: Transitional Cell Carcinoma | Kevin’s Story

Kevin Reamy, Transitional Cell Carcinoma



Cancer details: Also known as urothelial (invasive), 5-10% of kidney cancers
1st Symptoms: Blood in urine
Treatment: Nephrectomy (surgical removal of kidney and ureter)

Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma Stories

Kidney Cancer: Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma | Bill’s Story

Bill Paseman, Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma, Stage 3, Type 1



Cancer details: < 10% of kidney cancers
1st Symptoms: Kidney stone, lower back pain, sore/stiff leg, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) blood clot
Treatment: Nephrectomy (surgical removal of kidney and ureter)

Ask A Urological Oncologist

Ask A Urological Oncologist, Dr. Weight | Kidney, Prostate, Bladder

Dr. Christopher Weight



Oncologist: Specializing in urological oncology, including kidney, prostate, bladder, and more; president of Climb 4 Kidney Cancer
Experience: ~15 years
Hospital/clinic size: Mid-sized teaching institution