What is Kidney Cancer?
Also known as “renal” cancer, kidney cancer is usually a tumor that develops within the kidney.
The most common risk factors for kidney cancer include being older and male, smoking tobacco and being overweight. In some cases, heredity is a factor.
What are the symptoms?
The first, most visible symptom is usually blood in the urine without pain. In some cases, side and back pain may occur as well as unintentional weight loss. Some patients may feel a lump in the lower back or belly.
It is not known what causes kidney cancer, but we do know if it is caught early it can be successfully treated. There are several factors that could put a patient at a higher risk for kidney cancer:
- Regular exposure to certain chemicals or minerals, such as gasoline, asbestos and cadmium
- Excessive use of pain medicine over a long period of time
- Family history of kidney cancer
How do you diagnose and treat kidney cancer?
We will conduct imaging tests, such as CT, MRI or ultrasound along a part of a full evaluation.
If the diagnosis is kidney cancer, the physician will work closely with the patient to determine the best treatment. Surgery is most often necessary in order to remove the entire kidney or at least a portion of it to ensure removal of the all of the cancer.
The physician and patient will determine the best course of treatment which may include chemotherapy and radiation, medicine and other options.
What is Prostate Cancer?
Usually a slow-growing cancer, prostate cancer affects about 16 out of 100 men. Prostate cancer is different from most cancers in that a large percentage of men may have a silent form of the cancer. It often does not produce symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Prostate Cancer?
In its early stages, often there are no symptoms. In advanced stages, bone pain may be present due to spread of the disease.
How do you diagnose and treat Prostate Cancer?
When the prostate cancer grows large enough, it begins to fill the prostate and often can be felt by the urologist during a digital rectal exam. A PSA screen, which is done through a blood test, also can indicate prostate cancer.
If cancer is diagnosed, Dr. Price will work with you to determine the best course of treatment. There are options to consider:
- External radiation
- Open radical prostatectomy
- Laparoscopic Robotic Prostatectomy
- If surgery is an option discussed by both Dr. Price and the patient, there are considerations:
- Precise removal of the cancer
- Preservation of urinary control
- Return of potency
- Minimization of post-surgery pain
- Minimize blood loss
- Quick return to your normal activities
With the daVinci Surgical System, Dr. Price performs a Laparoscopic Robotic Prostatectomy, which is the latest, most advanced method of technology for this type surgery.
Benefits of da Vinci Robotic Surgery for prostate cancer patients includes:
- Faster recovery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Small incisions
Dr. Price will work with each patient to ensure the treatment is specialized to the patient’s needs.