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Renal Mass/Cysts


All of these physicians are board certified in urology. In addition, Dr. Ahmad Shabsigh (614-366-8560) and Dr. David Sharp (614-366-7389) completed fellowship training in Urologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Geoffrey Box (614-293-8379) is also fellowship trained in Laparoscopy, Endourology, Image Guided Therapy and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopy at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Megan Merrill (614-293-4885) completed fellowship training in Urologic Oncology at MD Anderson in Houston.

General Information: Renal masses are divided into 4 main categories classifed by radiographic appearance. Simple cysts are usually benign. Complex cystic masses include cancer, infection, vascular lesions and benign lesions. Fatty tumors can be benign or cancerous. The final category is "all others" and represent the whole spectrum.

Causes/Risk Factors: The only accepted environmental risk factor linked to renal cell carcinoma has been tobacco use.
 
Symptoms: Symptoms are associated with hemorrhage, paraneoplastic syndromes, metastatic disease or local growth of the mass.

Treatment: Depends on staging and diagnosis.