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:

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Name Specialties Location
Ahlborn, David, MD Ahlborn, David, MD 203.338.8760
  • Urologic Oncology
  • Urology
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  • Bridgeport
  • Milford
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Dorin, Ryan P., MD, FACS Dorin, Ryan P., MD, FACS
4.9 /5
294 surveys
860.348.2500
  • Urology
  • Urologic Oncology
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  • Plainville
  • Bristol
  • Meriden
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Kesler, Stuart S., MD Kesler, Stuart S., MD
4.9 /5
336 surveys
860.947.8500
  • Urology
  • Avon
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Meraney, Anoop Mohan, MD Meraney, Anoop Mohan, MD
4.8 /5
261 surveys
860.947.8500
  • Urology
  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Bridgeport
  • Glastonbury
  • Manchester
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Rosoff, James Steven, MD Rosoff, James Steven, MD
4.8 /5
62 surveys
203.338.8760
  • Urologic Oncology
  • Urology
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  • Bridgeport
Shichman, Steven Jon, MD Shichman, Steven Jon, MD
4.9 /5
184 surveys
860.947.8500
  • Urology
  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Bridgeport
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Wagner, Joseph Robert, MD Wagner, Joseph Robert, MD
4.9 /5
354 surveys
860.947.8500
  • Urology
  • Farmington
  • Bridgeport
  • Manchester
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Meet our Medical Oncologists:

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Name Specialties Location
Byrne, Brian James, MD Byrne, Brian James, MD
4.9 /5
270 surveys
860.621.9316
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Southington
  • Bristol
  • New Britain
  • Plainville
  • Southington
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Clement, Jessica Mary, MD Clement, Jessica Mary, MD
5.0 /5
81 surveys
860.533.5830
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Manchester
Kamradt, Jeffrey Michael, MD Kamradt, Jeffrey Michael, MD
4.9 /5
219 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
  • Willimantic
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Kane, Michael Joel, MD Kane, Michael Joel, MD
4.8 /5
215 surveys
860.443.4455
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Waterford
  • Norwich
  • Norwich
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Reznikoff, Glen Alan, MD, FACP Reznikoff, Glen Alan, MD, FACP 203.255.4545
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Fairfield
  • Bridgeport
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Meet our Radiation Oncologists:

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Name Specialties Location
Blakaj, Adriana, MD, PhD Blakaj, Adriana, MD, PhD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
Boyd, Timothy Stephen, MD Boyd, Timothy Stephen, MD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
Chaudhary, Ahmed Aziz, MD 860.545.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Norwich
Dowsett, Robert James, MD Dowsett, Robert James, MD 860.545.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
Goldberg, Neal Benjamin, MD Goldberg, Neal Benjamin, MD 860.827.4161
  • Radiation Oncology
  • New Britain
Hauser, Stephen Hiram, MD Hauser, Stephen Hiram, MD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
Iannuzzi, Christopher Michael, MD Iannuzzi, Christopher Michael, MD 475.210.5085
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Bridgeport
Kim, Susan Y., MD Kim, Susan Y., MD 860.545.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
  • Norwich
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Kratzer, Allan S., MD Kratzer, Allan S., MD 203.694.8433
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Meriden
Leopold, Kenneth Albert, MD Leopold, Kenneth Albert, MD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
Oh, Steven Changsuk, MD Oh, Steven Changsuk, MD 860.827.4161
  • Radiation Oncology
  • New Britain

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Meet our Urologists:

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Name Specialties Location
Allen, Richard Stephen, MD Allen, Richard Stephen, MD
4.8 /5
252 surveys
203.238.1241
  • Urology
  • Meriden
Armm, Milton Frank, MD Armm, Milton Frank, MD 203.338.8760
  • Urology
  • Bridgeport
Bieniek, Jared M., MD Bieniek, Jared M., MD
4.8 /5
335 surveys
860.947.8500
  • Urology
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
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Chang, Johnny, MD Chang, Johnny, MD 860.496.8990
  • Urology
  • Torrington
Crawley, David F., MD Crawley, David F., MD
4.7 /5
268 surveys
860.443.0622
  • Urology
  • Waterford
  • Norwich
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D'Amato, Abram Cooper, MD D'Amato, Abram Cooper, MD
4.8 /5
335 surveys
860.947.8500
  • Urology
  • Hartford
  • Farmington
  • Manchester
  • West Hartford
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Devanney, James Francis, MD Devanney, James Francis, MD 860.496.8990
  • Urology
  • Torrington
DiStefano, Anthony Joseph, MD DiStefano, Anthony Joseph, MD
4.8 /5
344 surveys
860.643.2731
  • Urology
  • Urologic Oncology
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  • Manchester
Griffith, John James, MD Griffith, John James, MD
4.8 /5
259 surveys
860.947.8500
  • Urology
  • Southington
  • Plainville
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Kershen, Richard Todd, MD Kershen, Richard Todd, MD
4.7 /5
197 surveys
860.947.8500
  • Urology
  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Reconstructive Urology
  • Urogynecology
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  • West Hartford
Leung, Cynthia Puisan, MD Leung, Cynthia Puisan, MD
4.8 /5
119 surveys
860.947.8500
  • Urology
  • Avon
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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McLeod, Brian Scott, MD McLeod, Brian Scott, MD
4.9 /5
339 surveys
860.564.9250
  • Urology
  • Plainfield
O'Brien, Keith Richard, MD O'Brien, Keith Richard, MD
4.8 /5
82 surveys
203.338.8760
  • Urology
  • Bridgeport
  • Milford
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Pyo, Paul, MD Pyo, Paul, MD
4.9 /5
414 surveys
203.238.1241
  • Urology
  • Meriden
  • Cheshire
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Quinn, Anthony Dennis, MD, FACS Quinn, Anthony Dennis, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
286 surveys
860.443.0622
  • Urology
  • Waterford
  • Norwich
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Ranta, Jeffrey Alan, MD Ranta, Jeffrey Alan, MD
4.7 /5
84 surveys
203.338.8760
  • Urology
  • Bridgeport
  • Stamford
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Rosenberg, David Jeremy, MD Rosenberg, David Jeremy, MD
4.9 /5
477 surveys
860.643.2731
  • Urology
  • Manchester
Stahl, Brandon Christopher, MD Stahl, Brandon Christopher, MD
4.9 /5
308 surveys
860.886.1956
  • Urologic Oncology
  • Urology
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  • Norwich
Stein, Joshua Aaron, MD Stein, Joshua Aaron, MD
4.8 /5
214 surveys
860.643.2731
  • Urology
  • Manchester
  • Avon
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Tarantino, Arthur Edgar, MD Tarantino, Arthur Edgar, MD
4.8 /5
542 surveys
860.947.8500
  • Urology
  • Glastonbury
  • Farmington
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Telsey, Jonathan Ian, MD, FACS Telsey, Jonathan Ian, MD, FACS
4.7 /5
264 surveys
860.886.1956
  • Urologic Surgery
  • Urology
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  • Norwich
  • Waterford
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Weisman, Kenneth Martin, MD Weisman, Kenneth Martin, MD
4.8 /5
184 surveys
860.348.2500
  • Urology
  • Plainville
  • Bristol
  • Southington
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Wong, Jean F., MD Wong, Jean F., MD
4.9 /5
264 surveys
203.238.1241
  • Urology
  • Meriden
Yu, Stephen C., MD Yu, Stephen C., MD 860.496.8990
  • Urology
  • Thomaston

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