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What is Kidney Cancer?

Kidney cancer begins in the kidneys, two large, bean-shaped organs - one located to the left, and the other to the right of the backbone. Kidney cancer may also be referred to as renal cancer.

About 60,920 new cases of kidney cancer in the US were expected to be diagnosed in 2011, according to the American Cancer Society. Kidney cancer is among the 10 most common cancers in both men and women.

For reasons that are not totally clear, the incidence of kidney cancer has been rising slowly since the 1970s. Part of this may be due to the development of newer imaging tests such as CT scans, which have picked up some cancers that may never have been found otherwise.

At Stanford Cancer Center, you will benefit from our highly experienced Urologic Cancer physicians, who treat a wide range and high volume of kidney cancers, including the most advanced tumors.

Front view of urinary tract


There are a few types of kidney cancer:

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