Kidney Cancer

Our urologic surgeons were instrumental in developing many of the minimally invasive techniques now in use for kidney surgery.


Symptoms of Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer usually doesn’t cause symptoms at first. It's often discovered by imaging tests done for other reasons.
After it spreads, kidney cancer may cause one or more of these symptoms:

  • Blood in the urine.
  • A lump felt in the lower back or belly.
  • Pain in the side or the back.

Treatments for Kidney Cancer

Surgery is the only way to cure kidney cancer. With improved imaging allowing earlier detection, the number of renal tumors diagnosed is rising. Recent advances in surgical techniques frequently allow surgeons to remove only the tumor from the kidney -- partial nephrectomy or nephron-sparing surgery (NSS). Nephron-sparing surgery allows preservation of the majority of the affected kidney without compromising cancer cure rates. Leaving patients with more kidney function dramatically improves their overall health and well-being, and reduces the incidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Pioneering Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

Our surgeons were among the first in the nation to perform a laparoscopic nephrectomy – removal of the kidney -- in patients with kidney cancer. They also pioneered the hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy (HALN), a standard in minimally invasive nephrectomy, and have taught the technique to well over 1,000 surgeons from the U.S. and overseas. The percentage of kidney cancer surgeries performed laparoscopically, rather than open, has grown dramatically since the HALN technique was developed. Now more than 90 percent of patients with kidney tumors are treated using a minimally invasive surgical approach.

Sixty percent of all of our kidney cancer patients now undergo nephron-sparing surgery called partial nephrectomy. Our surgeons are among the world's most experienced in performing robotic partial nephrectomies, which allow even more complex and larger tumors to be removed using a minimally invasive approach.


​Risk Factors for Kidney Cancer

Your risk of kidney cancer is higher if:

  • You smoke.
  • Your job exposes you to asbestos, gasoline or cadmium.
  • You have used too much pain medication over a long period of time.• You have Hippel-Lindau disease.

How Kidney Cancer is Diagnosed

If your symptoms make your doctor think that you may have kidney cancer, he or she will order imaging tests. The pictures from these tests usually show whether there is cancer in your kidney and how far it may have spread.



Meet our Urologic Oncologists:

David Ahlborn

4.9

Urologic Oncology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606
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Wilton, CT 06897
Milford, CT 06461
Ryan Dorin

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Medical Arts Building
Plainville, CT 06062
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Bristol, CT 06010
Meriden, CT 06451
Eric Katz

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
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Farmington, CT 06032
West Hartford, CT 06107
Avon, CT 06001
Stuart Kesler

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Avon, CT 06001
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Farmington, CT 06032
Hartford, CT 06106
Anoop Meraney

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
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Manchester, CT 06042
Avon, CT 06001
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Steven Shichman

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
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Avon, CT 06001
Michael Siev

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Enfield, CT 06082
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Manchester, CT 06040
Joseph Wagner

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Men's Health
Farmington, CT 06032
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Manchester, CT 06042
Hartford, CT 06106

Meet our Medical Oncologists:

Brian Byrne

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Southington
Southington, CT 06489
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Bristol, CT 06010
Plainville, CT 06062
New Britain, CT 06053
Southington, CT 06489
Jeffrey Kamradt

5

Hematology / Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
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Hartford, CT 06106
Avon, CT 06001
Manchester, CT 06042
Michael Kane

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Waterford
Waterford, CT 06385
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Plainfield, CT 06374
Glen Reznikoff

4.9

Medical Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at St. Vincent’s Medical Center
Fairfield, CT 06824
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Bridgeport, CT 06606

Meet our Radiation Oncologists:

Adriana Blakaj

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106
Timothy Boyd

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106
Ahmed Chaudhary

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Backus Hospital
Norwich, CT 06360
Robert Dowsett

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106
Christopher Iannuzzi

0

Radiation Oncology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Susan Kim

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Backus Hospital
Norwich, CT 06360
Allan Kratzer

 

Radiation Oncology

MidState Medical Center
Meriden, CT 06451
Kenneth Leopold

 

Radiation Oncology

Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC
Hartford Hospital Gray Cancer Center
Hartford, CT 06106

Meet our Urologists:

Jared Bieniek

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Men's Health
Farmington, CT 06032
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Fairfield, CT 06824
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Johnny Chang

 

Urology

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Adult & Pediatric Urology
Torrington, CT 06790
David Crawley

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Men’s Health
Waterford, CT 06385
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Norwich, CT 06360
James DeVanney

 

Urology

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Adult & Pediatric Urology
Torrington, CT 06790
Anthony DiStefano

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Manchester, CT 06040
John Griffith

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Southington, CT 06489
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Plainville, CT 06062
Eric Katz

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT 06106
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Farmington, CT 06032
West Hartford, CT 06107
Avon, CT 06001
Richard Kershen

4.7

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
West Hartford, CT 06107
Cynthia Leung

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Avon, CT 06001
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Glastonbury, CT 06033
Brian McLeod

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Backus Center for Specialty Care - Urology
Plainfield, CT 06374
Keith O'Brien

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606
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Milford, CT 06461
Fairfield, CT 06824
Paul Pyo

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at MidState Medical Center
Meriden, CT 06451
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Cheshire, CT 06410
Jeffrey Ranta

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606
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Wilton, CT 06897
Stamford, CT 06905
David Rosenberg

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Manchester, CT 06040
Brandon Stahl

4.9

Urologic Oncology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Norwich, CT 06360
Joshua Stein

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Manchester, CT 06040
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Avon, CT 06001
Arthur Tarantino

4.9

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Gateway Medical Office Park - South
Glastonbury, CT 06033
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Farmington, CT 06032
Jonathan Telsey

4.8

Urologic Surgery

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Norwich, CT 06360
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Waterford, CT 06385
Kenneth Weisman

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Thomaston, CT 06787
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Plainville, CT 06062
Bristol, CT 06010
Jean Wong

4.8

Urology

Medical Group Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Norwich, CT 06360

Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute