Renal cancer care in Nashville, Tennessee

Through the TriStar Health network of hospitals, patients have access to oncology and nephrology (kidney) specialists with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney cancer. Our hospitals provide comprehensive care, helping you navigate your cancer journey from the moment you are diagnosed.

For more information about our kidney cancer care services, please call askSARAH at (615) 514-2401.

Types of kidney cancer

Kidney cancer comes in various forms. The most common types include:

  • Renal cell cancer: Also known as adenocarcinoma or hypernephroma, this is the most common type of kidney cancer. Smoking and misuse of certain pain medications can increase your risk of developing this type of cancer.
  • Wilms' tumor: While it can affect older children and adults, it is most common in children less than five years old.
  • Transitional cell cancer of the kidney or ureter: This type of cancer begins in the transitional cells of the renal pelvis, the part of the kidney where urine collects before it goes down to the bladder.

Kidney cancer symptoms

Kidney cancers do not always have symptoms. Many times, they are diagnosed while undergoing tests or scans for other medical reasons. However, there are a few signs to keep an eye out for:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Lump around the kidney area
  • Increased sweating during the night
  • Subdued pain in your side
  • Painful spasms in the bladder or uterus
  • Blood in the urine

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, you should see your primary care doctor as soon as possible.

Kidney cancer diagnosis

Imaging scans and diagnostic tests can help your doctor determine whether you have kidney cancer. These tests are usually performed for other reasons, but can be helpful in detecting cancer-related abnormalities and may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Image-guided biopsies
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans

Kidney cancer treatment

Once you have a confirmed diagnosis, your doctor will collaborate with oncologists and kidney specialists to develop the best treatment options for you. Your care plan may include:

Support for patients with kidney cancer

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and stressful. You do not have to do it alone. There are cancer support groups throughout the Greater Nashville area dedicated to helping you and your loved ones manage all of the challenges cancer brings.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (615) 514-2401 or chat online at askSARAHnow.