If you or someone you love has just been diagnosed with kidney cancer, it’s normal to be upset. You’re probably also wondering how it happened, where it came from, what it means, and what happens next.
Kidney cancer is a type of cancer that starts from the cells of the kidney. It is relatively rare, accounting for only 2-3 of every 100 people with cancer in Australia.
- Localised kidney cancer – cancer that has formed in the kidney but has not spread from the kidney. Usually there is only one tumour in one kidney. Sometimes two or more tumours occur in the same kidney or in both kidneys.
- Advanced kidney cancer – cancer that has spread (metastasised) from the kidney to somewhere else in the body. The most common sites are the lymph nodes, lungs, brain and bones. Of the 4000 people that are diagnosed with kidney cancer in Australia each year, 1 in 3 of them will have advanced kidney cancer.