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Is a nodule in your kidney always kidney cancer? My sister has a small nodule in her kidney. Does this mean she has cancer?

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In brief: Not always

In addition to kidney cancer, there are a few types of benign (noncancerous) tumors that form a solid nodule in the kidney, such as angiomyolipoma or oncocytoma.
Angiomyolipoma can often be diagnosed by imaging since it usually contains fat.

In brief: Not always

In addition to kidney cancer, there are a few types of benign (noncancerous) tumors that form a solid nodule in the kidney, such as angiomyolipoma or oncocytoma.
Angiomyolipoma can often be diagnosed by imaging since it usually contains fat.
Dr. Sean Williamson
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Dr. Stanley Weiss
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Dr. James Krick
Urology
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In brief: Kidney mass

It depends on the characteristics of this "nodule".
If it is truly a solid lesion and not a cyst, it most likely is a small renal cancer. Most small renal lesions can be treated with either thermal ablation, surgical excision or partial nephrectomy. Depends on size, position and surgeon's experience and preferences.

In brief: Kidney mass

It depends on the characteristics of this "nodule".
If it is truly a solid lesion and not a cyst, it most likely is a small renal cancer. Most small renal lesions can be treated with either thermal ablation, surgical excision or partial nephrectomy. Depends on size, position and surgeon's experience and preferences.
Dr. James Krick
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