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Kidney Cancer Stories

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

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.


Renal Cell Carcinoma Stories

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

Rachel R., 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)
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Kidney Cancer Stories: Renal Cell Carcinoma, Stage 4 | Laura’s Story

Laura F., 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
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Transitional Cell Carcinoma Stories

Kidney Cancer Stories: Transitional Cell Carcinoma, Urothelial, Invasive | Kevin’s Story

Kevin R., 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)
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Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma Stories

Kidney Cancer Stories: Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma (pRCC) | Bill’s Story

Bill P., 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)
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Chromophobe Renal Cell Carcinoma Stories

Kidney Cancer Stories: Chromophobe Renal Cell Carcinoma, Stage 2 | Nina’s Story

Nina N., Chromophome Renal Cell Carcinoma, Stage 2



Cancer details: Rare, 5% of malignant kidney tumors
1st symptoms: Blood in urine, blood clots, intense abdominal pain
Treatment: Partial nephrectomy (surgical removal of right kidney)
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Ask A Urological Oncologist

Kidney Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Bladder Cancer: Dr. Christopher Weight, Urological Oncologist

Dr. Christopher Weight, M.D.



Role: Center Director Urologic Oncology
Focus: Urological oncology, including kidney, prostate, bladder cancers
Provider: Cleveland Clinic