• Jermichael Winn

Kidney cancer: facts and treatment options

Kidney cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the cells of the kidney. Doctors often discover kidney cancer once a tumor is quite large. The average age of people with kidney cancer is 64 year old. It is uncommon for people who are younger than 45 years old to have kidney cancer. According to cancer.org, “kidney cancer is the 10th most common cancer,” yet 74 percent of people diagnosed with this illness survive.

Three of the most common treatments for kidney cancer are radiation, surgery, and targeted therapy. Radiation is especially high energy particles that cause ionization. Radiation is sometimes used for a person who is not healthy enough to have surgery. According to CNN, “doctors use it to help relieve symptoms when kidney cancer has spread to other organs.” This shows that radiation doesn’t cure kidney cancer; it just stops it from spreading. According to Medical News Today, “when these particles come into contact with organic material, such as human tissue, they will damage them if levels are high enough, in a short period of time.” This shows that radiation can also be dangerous, and even deadly in high amounts.

Another way patients can get treatment for kidney cancer is through surgery. Surgery is the treatment of injuries or disorders of the body by incisions or manipulations. According to CNN, “surgery removes all or part of the kidney, people can survive with only one kidney.” This shows that you don`t have to have both kidneys to survive.