Because kidney cancer often does not exhibit any symptoms in its earliest stages, it may be discovered on an imaging scan ordered for an unrelated reason. If kidney cancer is suspected, your doctor may use one or more of the following tests to help with diagnosing kidney cancer.

Blood or Urine Testing: Using a small sample of blood or urine, the team can determine the presence of kidney cancer.

Imaging Scans: Using ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the team can visualize the area to determine the presence of cancer. These tests also help determine the cancer’s stage (whether it has spread outside the kidney area).

Biopsy: In some cases, we may use a tiny needle to remove a small amount of cells in the kidney. We then test the cells for the presence of cancer. This is procedure is not common for kidney cancer as it sometimes can create a false-negative result.

Once your doctor has determined the presence of kidney cancer, he uses imaging scans to confirm how much it has spread in the body (called staging). With this information, we work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your medical needs, lifestyle and treatment preferences.