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Kidney cancer develops as a tumor in your kidney when the cells change and grow out of control. Though there may not be early symptoms, as the disease progresses patients sometimes notice blood in the urine and experience side pain.

Video: How do specialists at UF Health Jacksonville care for patients with urologic cancer?

UF Health Jacksonville urologist and chair of the Department of Urology, K.C. Balaji, MD, discusses care for patients with urological cancer.

Kidney cancer: Why choose UF Health Jacksonville

Many specialists, one goal

  • At UF Health Jacksonville, you'll be cared for by experts who specialize in kidney cancer and provide the most advanced treatments for the best possible outcomes.
  • In 2004, UF Health Jacksonville launched North Florida's first Genitourinary Oncology Program to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with genitourinary cancers - cancers of the prostate, bladder, kidney, testis and penis.
  • In this approach, patients receive coordinated, compassionate and quality cancer care from specialists in urologic oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, pathology and radiology.

Advanced techniques and facilities

  • The program consists of University of Florida physician specialists and health care professionals working together to provide state-of-the-art cancer treatment. Support is also provided to patients by a group of skilled pharmacists, nurses, case workers and nutritionists.
  • UF Health clinicians meet weekly to evaluate patient profiles and to thoroughly discuss appropriate treatment plans. Multidisciplinary approaches to diagnosis and treatment include minimally invasive surgery, the latest technology in conformal radiotherapy and access to new cancer treatments and research through the program's affiliation with national clinical trials.

Video: What makes UF Health Jacksonville unique in our approach to urologic cancer?

UF Health Jacksonville urologist and chair of the Department of Urology, K.C. Balaji, MD, discusses his department's unique approach for treatment for patients with urological cancers.

Related conditions & treatments

Commission on Cancer Accredited Program - A Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons

The UF Health Jacksonville cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

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