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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute

Kidney Cancer

Renal cell cancer (also called kidney cancer or renal cell adenocarcinoma) is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the lining of tubules (very small tubes) in the kidney. There are two kidneys, one on each side of the backbone, above the waist. Tiny tubules in the kidneys filter and clean the blood. They take out waste products and make urine. The urine passes from each kidney through a long tube called a ureter into the bladder. The bladder holds the urine until it passes through the urethra and leaves the body.

 

Symptoms

Review a list of symptoms associated with kidney cancer.

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Cause & Diagnosis

Explore the cause, how it is detected and steps we follow to confirm a diagnosis.

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Treatment

Browse the treatment options we offer at the Polsky Institute.

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This content is provided by the National Cancer Institute (www.cancer.gov)

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Source URL: https://www.cancer.gov/publishedcontent/syndication/1098.htm
Source Agency: National Cancer Institute (NCI)

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