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We understand the anxiety that a diagnosis of kidney mass can bring to the patient and their family. The most important thing one can do is to learn about this disease and enlist the help of an experienced team of physicians. Urologists at Johns Hopkins evaluate and manage hundreds of patients each year with kidney masses and are happy to share their expertise with you.
Not all kidney masses are cancer.
The risk of a kidney mass being a cancer are based on a number of important criteria. The most important first step in the evaluation of a kidney mass is a CT scan or MRI with contrast (not all patients can safely have intravenous contrast). Important criteria the kidney cancer experts will consider include: