Kidney Cancer Specialist

McCormick | Finger Urology

Urologists located in Harlingen, TX

Incidences of kidney cancer seem to be on the rise. If you suspect a problem with your kidneys, consult expert urologists Dr. Erin McCormick and Dr. Michael Finger of McCormick | Finger Urology in Harlingen, Texas. If you live anywhere in the Rio Grande Valley, call the office or book an appointment online to learn about diagnosis, treatment, and management of kidney cancer.

Kidney Cancer Q & A

What are the symptoms of kidney cancer?

In its earliest stages, kidney cancer doesn’t usually cause symptoms. Later stages may manifest as:

  • Pain in your back or side
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blood in your urine
  • Fever that comes and goes

What causes kidney cancer?

It’s unclear exactly what causes you to develop kidney cancer.

It’s known that you’re at greater risk of kidney cancer as you age. Smokers and obese people are also at an increased risk of developing the condition. Other factors that put you at risk include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Family history of kidney cancer or inherited disorders, such as Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome
  • Exposure to specific herbicides or cadmium
  • Long-term dialysis to treat kidney failure

How is kidney cancer diagnosed?

If a comprehensive physical exam and medical and family history make Dr. McCormick and Dr. Finger suspect kidney cancer, they’ll order blood and urine tests. You may also undergo imaging tests including an ultrasound, MRI, and CT scan. The doctors at McCormick | Finger Urology may also perform a biopsy of your kidney by removing a small sampling of cells to be analyzed in a lab for irregular cells.

How is kidney cancer treated?

Kidney cancer is usually treated with surgery that removes the affected cells, or the entire kidney, to prevent cancer from spreading. Radical nephrectomy removes the cancerous kidney and possibly nearby tissue.

In a partial nephrectomy, Dr. McCormick and Dr. Finger can spare the kidney and remove just the tumor and a small area of healthy tissue that surrounds it. A partial nephrectomy is performed whenever possible to save the organ and prevent future complications.

The type of cancer treatment the doctors recommend depends on your health and the stage and size of your cancer. When the cancer has not spread, surgery is adequate: you won’t have to undergo radiation or chemotherapy.

In some cases, kidney cancer recurs and may not be cured. It can be managed, however, with specific drugs, surgery, radiation, and complementary therapies.

To learn more about kidney cancer and treatment, call McCormick | Finger Urology or book an appointment online today.