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What is kidney cancer?

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Kidney cancer -- also called renal cancer -- is a disease in which kidney cells become malignant (cancerous) and grow out of control, forming a tumor. Almost all kidney cancers first appear in the lining of tiny tubes (tubules) in the kidney. This type of kidney cancer is called renal cell carcinoma.

From: Understanding Kidney Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Cancer Society: "Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma." National Cancer Institute: "What You Need To Know About Kidney Cancer," "General Information About Renal Cell Cancer." American Urological Association: "Kidney Cancer." Society of Interventional Radiologists: "Interventional Radiology Treatments for Kidney Cancer."



Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

SOURCES: American Cancer Society: "Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma." National Cancer Institute: "What You Need To Know About Kidney Cancer," "General Information About Renal Cell Cancer." American Urological Association: "Kidney Cancer." Society of Interventional Radiologists: "Interventional Radiology Treatments for Kidney Cancer."



Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

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