Kidney Cancer

By: Elijah Maris Wright Date: 4/8/16

What happens to the cell when you have kidney cancer?

Kidney cancer, also known as renal cancer, is a type of cancer that starts in the cells in the kidney. The two most common types of kidney cancer are renal cell carcinoma and transitional cell carcinoma of the renal pelvis.

What part of the body does it generally affect?

Kidney cancer is obviously in the kidney.

Symptoms of kidney cancer

  • Blood in the urine
  • Low back pain on one side
  • A lump on the side or lower back
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss not caused by dieting
  • Fever that is not caused by an infection and that doesn’t go away
  • Anemia

Possible causes of the cancer

  • Smoking
  • Being male, they are twice as likely as women
  • Being obese
  • Taking certain pain medication for a long time
  • Being exposed to certain chemicals
  • He having certain genetic conditions
This cancer can be inherited by having genetic conditions such as Von Hippel-Lindau disease or inherited papillary renal cell carcinoma.


You could be a healthier person, by not smoking, being fit and not obese, and not exposing yourself to certain chemicals.

How is this cancer treated?

  • surgery
  • Ablation and other local therapies
  • Active surveillance
  • Radiation therapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • immunotherapy
  • Chemotherapy

How is this cancer diagnosed?

Blood, urine, and imaging test are done. Imaging test are done by ultrasound, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging.

How many and what type of people are likely to have kidney cancer

It is twice as likely for men to get kidney cancer than women. Also black people are more likely to get kidney cancer, but scientist have no explanation why.

What i learned from this project?

I learned that certain type of people are more likely to get kidney cancer than others, and that you can help prevent it by not smoking and being fit. I also learned what test are done to diagnose the cancer. The last thing i learned were some of the symptoms of the cancer.