There are two common types of kidney cancer, Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) and Urothelial Cell Carcinoma (UCC). The former is the most widely known type, which accounts for about 80% of all kidney cancers. Most of the kidney cancer treatments are similar for both types. This cancer is one of the 10 most common cancers in the world. It affects both men and women, mostly over the age of 45.
In the past two decades, the rate of kidney cancer has been on the rise. The reason is unclear but probably lies in better diagnostics techniques. Thankfully, the 5-year survival rate of kidney cancer is rather high (about 60% to 70%).
While radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy are among the most common kidney cancer treatments, alternative remedies are becoming popular. They can be used as sole therapy or part of the holistic treatment.
Kidney Cancer Risk Factors
One in every 48 men risks developing kidney cancer during his lifetime. The figure is higher for women – one in every 83.
- Genes (family history of kidney cancer)
- Regular smoking
- High blood pressure
- Excess weight (obesity)
- Lengthy trichloroethylene exposure
- Radiation exposure
- Thyroid cancer
Symptoms of Kidney Cancer
Similar to many other types of cancer, early stages of RCC and UCC can develop without any symptoms. Kidneys provide a tumor sufficient place to grow before it starts disturbing the organism.
In most cases, the cancer is diagnosed at the early stages if the patient undergoes screenings for other conditions so the disease is discovered accidentally. The most common symptoms of later stages of kidney cancer are:
- Blood in urine
- Dragging lower back pain
- Lump in the stomach or back area
Weight loss Most of the above symptoms can also be an indication of other kidney-related diseases. While they shouldn’t cause panic, discovering one or several of them warrants scheduling a doctor’s appointment.
Diagnosing Kidney Cancer
To diagnose kidney cancer, the doctor will do some or all of the following:
- Regular physical
- Medical history examination
- Blood test
- Urine test
- CT scan
- PET scan
Once the kidney cancer is diagnosed, a patient will most likely face the following conventional treatments:
- Radiation therapy
All invasive therapies cause certain side effects, reducing the quality of patient’s life for the duration of the treatment.
Alternative Kidney Cancer Treatments
Alternative kidney cancer treatments don’t have side effects. They are focused on stimulating the patient’s immune system to help it fight cancer on its own. Many alternative treatments are used in conjunction with conventional therapies in order to ease the uncomfortable side effects. Some of these treatments include:
- Chiropractic care
Fighting Kidney Cancer With Professional Help
If you want to find out more about conventional kidney cancer treatment and its alternatives, you can set up an appointment at our Phoenix, Arizona clinic today. We use a holistic approach to treat different stages of kidney cancer.