Kidney Cancer

We utilize the latest worldwide advances to diagnose, treat, and manage kidney cancer.


  • Blood in the urine
  • Low back pain on one side (not from an injury)
  • A mass or lump in the belly
  • Tiredness
  • Weight loss, if you are not trying to lose weight
  • Fever that doesn’t go away after a few weeks and that is not from a cold, the flu, or other infection
  • Swelling of ankles and legs


Kidney cancer (also called renal cell carcinoma or renal adenocarcinoma) is a disease in which cancer cells develop in the very small tubes of the kidney. In normal anatomy, there are two kidneys, one on each side of the backbone, above the waist. Renal cancer is typically treated by surgical removal of the kidney. A person can live a completely normal life with only one kidney, provided that they maintain the health of the single kidney. Most people with this type of cancer are older, and it is very uncommon among people under age 45. Renal cell carcinoma is the most common variety of kidney cancer, but other types of cancer can develop in the kidney system.

Surgery is the main treatment for renal cell cancer. The chances of surviving kidney cancer without having surgery are poor. While radical surgery is sometimes necessary, many cases can be managed using minimally invasive surgical techniques, which have the benefits of less pain and faster recovery. At the Conrad Pearson Clinic we utilize the latest worldwide advances to manage urologic cancers here in the Mid-South: radical nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, laparoscopic surgery, cryosurgery, removal of metastases.