Kidney tumors are abnormal growths that appear on the kidneys, the two bean-shaped organs located behind the abdominal organs on either side of the spine.
There are many different types of kidney tumors, the most common of which for adults is renal cell carcinoma, which begins in the lining of small tubes in the kidney. In children, a type of kidney tumor known as Wilms' tumor is most common.
While a kidney tumor diagnosis can seem frightening, most cases are detected before the cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body, resulting in a high survival rate for patients.
The specialists in the GW Cancer Center’s Urologic Oncology Program offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options for patients with kidney tumors. In addition, they have performed more minimally invasive surgeries for kidney cancer than any other center in the region.