Kidney Cancer: Newly Diagnosed
Being told you have kidney cancer can be scary, and you may have many questions. But
you have people on your healthcare team to help.
Coping with fear
It’s normal to feel afraid. Learning about kidney cancer and your treatment options
can help you feel less afraid. This also helps you work with your healthcare team
and make the best choices for your treatment. You can also ask to speak with a counselor.
Working with your healthcare team
Your healthcare team will likely include:
Urologist. This is a healthcare provider who treats diseases of the kidney and urinary tract.
The urologist may use surgery or other procedures to diagnose and treat kidney cancer.
Urologic oncologist. This is a healthcare provider who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancers
of the urinary system.
Medical oncologist. This is a healthcare provider who specializes in treating cancer with chemotherapy
and other medicines.
Radiation oncologist. This is a healthcare provider who specializes in treating cancer with radiation.
There will be other healthcare professionals on your treatment team, too. They will
answer any questions you may have. They’ll help you through each of the steps you’ll
take before, during, and after treatment. Your team will let you know what tests you
need and the results of those tests. They’ll guide you in making treatment decisions
and help prepare you and your loved ones for what’s ahead.
Learning about treatment choices
To decide the best course of treatment for you, your healthcare team needs to know
as much as they can about your cancer. This may involve getting some tests and working
with more than one healthcare provider. And you may decide that you want to get a
second opinion to help you choose a treatment. Your team can help you do this. They
can also guide you to good websites and other resources you can use to learn more.
Coping with cancer can be very stressful. Talk with your healthcare team about seeing
a counselor. They can refer you to someone who can help. You can also visit support
groups to talk with other people coping with cancer. Ask your healthcare team about
local support groups.