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Kidney Cancer

The most common tumor of the kidney is renal cell carcinoma. Renal cancers represent 2% of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States representing more than 50,000 new cases a year. It is most commonly diagnosed in the 5th to 7th decades of life and it accounts for 12,000 deaths per year. Risk factors include smoking, family history, polycystic kidney disease and renal failure.

Blood in the urine and flank pain may be symptoms leading to investigative studies. While many patients are asymptomatic at diagnosis, the increased use of ultrasound and CT scan has helped to identify many of these incidental early stage renal tumors. Renal cell carcinoma is curable and the best results are achieved in those patients diagnosed early with small tumors. Radical Nephrectomy is the treatment for localized tumors confined to the kidney.

"Everything including recovery from surgery was handled in a dignified, pleasant and professional manner. I was very pleased and satisfied with his bedside manner and treatment. After the surgery, I heard wonderful things from his patients and colleagues which again assured me that my choice was an excellent one. The staff made me feel very comfortable with every visit and phone conversation."
- S.G.

Dr. Frank sees patients at his West Orange office from nearby New Jersey towns, serving Livingson, Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, Montclair, Essex Fells, South Orange, Verona, Caldwell, and West Caldwell.