Sometimes kidney cancer is diagnosed when a person is having a scan for another reason.
If you have symptoms, you usually start by seeing your GP. They will examine you and arrange for you to have some tests. They may test your urine (pee).
They may also do blood tests to check:
- your general health
- the number of cells in your blood (blood count)
- how well your kidneys and liver are working.
If your GP is not sure what the problem is or they think your symptoms could be caused by cancer, they will usually refer you to the hospital to see a specialist doctor.
This doctor is called a urologist. They specialise in treating urinary, bladder and kidney problems.
If you have blood in your urine, you may be referred to a specialist clinic. This is called a haematuria clinic.
Often these clinics can do tests on the same day.
If tests or symptoms suggest you could have a kidney cancer, you should be seen by a specialist within 2 weeks.