Alaska CyberKnife Center gives new hope to patients suffering from kidney cancer due to the precision available with the CyberKnife system to track the kidney tumor as it moves unexpectedly through normal breathing. CyberKnife can treat inoperable tumors as well as provide a treatment for those who wish to avoid the side effects and trauma of surgery. It can also be used with other cancer treatment types at any tumor stage.
As in other cancers, doctors use the TMN criteria to help determine the stages of kidney cancer.
Cancer specialists assign levels for each of the above factors and then combine these levels into stages, according to the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), the stages include:
Your CyberKnife cancer center experts will base your cancer treatment on several factors, including the type of cancer your are diagnosed with. There are several types of kidney cancers.
This is by far the most common type of kidney cancer accounting for 85 to 90 percent of kidney cancer cases. RCC usually forms as a single tumor in the tubules of the kidney. Occasionally, there is more than one tumor in both kidneys at the same time.
There are many subtypes of RCC that are named mostly by how the cancer cell looks under a microscope. These subtle varieties are sometimes treated differently and can sometimes help determine if your cancer might be genetic.
Rarely, renal cell cancers are labeled as unclassified because the way they look doesn’t fit into any of the other categories or because there is more than one type of cell present.
Other types of kidney cancers include transitional cell carcinomas, Wilms tumors, and renal sarcomas.
Some kidney tumors are benign (non-cancerous). This means they do not metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body, although they can still grow and cause problems. Benign kidney tumors can be treated by removing or destroying them, using many of the same treatments that are also used for kidney cancers. These types include: renal adenoma, oncocytoma, and angiomyolipoma.
Confused about the type of cancer that you’ve been diagnosed with and the best treatment methods for that type? Our caring Anchorage cancer experts are here for you. Call us today at (907) 312-2112 for your free phone consultation. We’ll answer all of your questions and explain each treatment option in words that make sense to you. We also have a convenient online contact form that you may use to ask questions or schedule your first appointment. Let us show you how CyberKnife can be an effective part of your kidney cancer treatment plan.
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