As of Monday, December 18, 2022, Jefferson Surgical Clinic physicians and staff are employed by Carilion Clinic.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic and Carilion share the same philosophy about the practice of medicine. We believe in an evidence-based, patient-centered approach that emphasizes care coordination and keeping people healthy. As a patient, you’ll receive the same care and compassion from your surgical provider. Also, you’ll have access to additional resources through Carilion, including MyChart, a secure online health management tool, and easy connections to many specialty services through an electronic medical record system.

If you have questions regarding an upcoming appointment, you can continue to reach your care team at (540) 283-6000..

The patient portal is no longer active due to system changes. Please call (540) 283-6070 for account questions or to make a payment on your account.

Overview

Kidney cancer is cancer that begins in the kidneys. Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs roughly the size of your fist. They're located behind the abdominal organs with one kidney on each side of the spine. In adults, renal cell carcinoma is the most common type of kidney cancer. Other less common types of kidney cancer can occur.

Symptoms

Kidney cancer usually doesn’t have signs or symptoms in its early stages. However, signs and symptoms may develop in time, including:

  • Blood in the urine, which may appear pink, red or cola colored
  • Pain in your back or side that doesn’t go away
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

Risk Factors

Factors that can increase the risk of kidney cancer include:

  • Age
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Treatment for kidney failure
  • Certain inherited syndromes
  • Family history of kidney cancer