If you or a loved one is facing a kidney cancer (renal cell cancer) diagnosis, you are very likely full of questions such as, “What treatments are available?” “When do I begin treatment?” “Will I be cured?” and “Will the cancer come back?”
Many of these questions will be answered by your cancer care team, but learning all you can about your treatment can help you be ready for what’s ahead.
What you need to know as you receive kidney cancer treatment
At HOPE Cancer Center, you will have a team of specialists — which may include urologic, medical and radiation oncologists, registered dieticians and others — to help plan your treatment. In addition to closely examining your health, setting your treatment goals and considering your personal preferences, your treatment will largely depend on:
- The size of the tumor
- Whether the tumor has invaded tissues outside the kidney
- Whether the tumor has spread to other parts of the body
- Your age and general health
We will review the expected results of your treatment(s), which may involve a combination of therapies, and all possible side effects. Because cancer treatment can damage healthy cells and tissues, side effects are common. Before treatment starts, our team can inform you on how any side effects of your treatment may change your normal activities.
At any stage of kidney cancer, HOPE offers supportive care and therapies to help manage pain, relieve the side effects of treatment and to ease emotional concerns.
What happens after kidney cancer treatment?
Many cancer treatments can trigger side effects. Some last weeks or months, but others can persist for the rest of your life. After treatment, be sure to talk to your doctor about any changes or problems you notice and any questions or concerns you have.
If your kidney cancer was treated with surgery, follow-up doctor visits (including physical exams and blood tests) are usually recommended about every six months for the first two years after treatment, then annually for the next several years. A CT scan is typically recommended about three to six months after surgery and may be repeated if your doctor suspects the cancer might have returned. If you have a higher risk of cancer coming back after surgery (the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes), you may be seen more often and have more frequent CT scans for the first few years.
The highest standard for kidney cancer treatment, right here in East Texas
At Hope Cancer Cent, our philosophy of care is based on compassionate, collaborative expertise. We bring you the very latest cancer care therapies and leading edge methods, and surround you with board-certified doctors and highly skilled nurses and staff, all of whom are dedicated to your unique needs. And with five locations throughout East Texas, getting the excellent care you need is close to home.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 903.592.6152 or click here to use our online form.