While you may know the month of March purely as a time of hiding eggs and eating candy, for us, March has a different significance: March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, and we think this is one of the most important causes out there. Kidney cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer for both men and women, with over 60,000 people being diagnosed every year in the United States. As with all forms of cancer, the earlier it’s caught, the better the chances at successful treatment – and education is always the first step.
The kidneys are two organs in the lower back that play a crucial role in the cardiovascular and excretory systems. They’re each about the size of a fist and shaped like a bean, and their job is essentially to act as a filter for blood. As blood passes through the kidneys, they remove excess water, salt, and any other waste products, which are then passed on to the bladder. In addition to this, the kidneys work to control blood pressure and ensure there are enough red blood cells in the body.
Kidney cancer is among the 10 most common forms of cancer for men and women alike, and 9 out of 10 cases of kidney cancer are of a type called renal cell carcinoma. Most cases of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) have only one tumor, but sometimes multiple tumors can form in one or both kidneys. If left untreated, RCC can cause kidney failure and eventually prove fatal – and the earlier treatment begins, the better the chances of success.
At Phoenix CyberKnife, we specialize in treating kidney cancer through advanced radiation therapy techniques. Our flagship treatment, CyberKnife, uses advanced medical and robotics technology to deliver high-dose radiation to a tumor with sub-millimeter accuracy, providing an incredibly effective cancer treatment with minimal damage to surrounding tissues. CyberKnife is completely non-invasive and non-surgical, so patients have no scarring and a minimal recovery time. Best of all, because of the revolutionary motion-tracking capabilities of CyberKnife, patients don’t have to wear uncomfortable braces and immobilizing devices – all they have to do is lie comfortably on the treatment bed while CyberKnife delivers the treatment.
If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with kidney cancer or any other form of cancer, we know how difficult that is – but there is hope. We’ve helped countless patients throughout the greater Phoenix area beat kidney cancer and reclaim whole body health, and we’d be thrilled to do the same for you. Feel free to call us at 602 441 3845 with any questions, or if you’re ready to get started, just reach out to us at our contact page to schedule a consultation. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we wish you strength and support during Kidney Cancer Awareness Month.