March is National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 61,500 new cases of kidney cancer are expected in 2015. Kidney cancer is also known as renal cancer and is one of the 10 most common cancers in both men and women.

In regards to kidney cancer statistics, the American Cancer Society states for reasons that are not totally clear, the rate of people developing kidney cancer has been rising steadily since the late 1990s. Part of this is probably due to the development of newer imaging tests such as CT scans, which have picked up some cancers that might never have been found otherwise. The death rates for these cancers have gone down slightly since the middle of the 1990s.

March is National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, and Oklahoma CyberKnife encourages patients and their loved ones to learn about the disease, symptoms, risk factors and treatment options. At Oklahoma CyberKnife, we treat kidney cancer with an advanced procedure called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using CyberKnife® technology. Contact us to learn about this noninvasive approach that can be completed in five or fewer treatment sessions.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.