What is Kidney cancer?

Kidney cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the kidney grow in an uncontrolled way. In advanced disease, the cancer can spread (metastasise) to other parts of the body. Read More

The kidneys are part of the body’s system for eliminating waste as urine. The 2 kidneys are located on either side of the spine, above waist level. They filter waste products from the blood and produce urine, which passes into the bladder through long tubes called ureters and is then eliminated from the body.

Kidney cancer is 1 of the 10 most common cancers in both men and women in Australia. Hide

  • Kidney cancer statistics

    Kidney cancer statistics

    Kidney cancer is 1 of the 10 most common cancers in both men and women in Australia.

  • Know the risk factors

    Know the risk factors

    Some risk factors are modifiable, such as lifestyle or environmental risk factors, and others cannot be modified, such as inherited factors or whether someone in the family has had cancer.

  • Kidney cancer symptoms

    Kidney cancers often do not cause symptoms in the early stages of the disease, and sometimes cause very few symptoms, even if they have grown extensively or spread elsewhere.

  • Kidney cancer screening

    Kidney cancer screening

    There are no recommended screening tests for kidney cancer in people who are at average risk. 

  • How is kidney cancer diagnosed?

    How is kidney cancer diagnosed?

    Kidney cancer may be diagnosed after you visit your doctor with symptoms. It might also be found during tests that are done for another reason.

  • Treatment options

    Treatment options

    Treatment and care of people with cancer is usually provided by a team of health professionals, both medical and allied health, called a multidisciplinary team.

  • Finding support

    Finding support

    You might feel overwhelmed, scared, anxious or upset if you have been diagnosed with cancer – these are all normal feelings.

  • Research & clinical trials

    Research & clinical trials

    Research is ongoing to find new ways to diagnose and treat different types of cancer.

  • Health professionals

    Health professionals

    Information and Clinical Guidelines for Health professionals.

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