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Kidney Cancer Diagnosis

A solid mass on either kidney is concerning for a possible cancer. This is in distinction to a fluid filled mass (cyst), most of which are benign or non-cancerous. Kidney (renal) masses can be diagnosed with either CT, MRI or ultrasound scans of your abdomen.

Currently, no accurate blood or urine tests exist for the diagnosis of kidney cancer. The use of kidney biopsy has increased in popularity and is a more definitive way of knowing whether or not you have cancer prior to initiating treatment. These biopsies can be performed with CT guidance and a minimal amount of sedation and with minimal risk.

Last Updated: 6/1/16