Treatment for Kidney Problems Due to Cancer
If you have cancer and kidney disease, you need a kidney doctor with vast knowledge of your cancer diagnosis and treatment.
At the UPMC Kidney Disease Center, treatment starts with finding a reversible cause of your kidney disease.
But treatment goals may vary based on your specific needs and might include:
- Treating the symptoms of kidney disease while you continue cancer treatment.
- Changing your cancer treatment to ease kidney disease symptoms or reverse kidney damage.
- Reversing kidney damage by treating the cause.
Types of cancer-related kidney disease treatments
Treating kidney disease caused by cancer is complex.
The experts at the UPMC Kidney Disease Center will help you design a treatment path that's right for you. We'll explain the treatments that will help you the most.
For people with electrolyte issues caused by cancer treatment, lifestyle changes can sometimes be enough to improve your kidney health.
You'll work with your kidney doctor and a nutritionist to:
- Improve your diet.
- Increase your intake of fluids.
- Avoid foods that might affect electrolyte levels.
Medicine to treat kidney disease caused by cancer
There's a range of drugs that can support your kidneys during cancer treatment.
Your doctor may prescribe medicine to:
- Reduce swelling in the kidney.
- Control your blood pressure.
- Correct electrolyte imbalances.
- Treat kidney disease symptoms to improve quality of life.
A sudden or acute kidney injury can cause it to have trouble cleaning waste from your blood. Your kidneys may need a little help from a dialysis machine.
Types of dialysis include:
- Hemodialysis. Requiring three to four hours several times a week, you'll often go to a dialysis clinic for treatment. We can also help you set up for dialysis at home.
- Peritoneal dialysis. This form of dialysis takes more time. It is performed at home while you sleep, every night.
In rare cases, people who have kidney damage due to cancer may enter kidney failure or end-stage kidney disease. A transplant is often the preferred treatment for kidney failure.
We work closely with the renowned experts at the UPMC Kidney Transplant Program to provide this life-saving care. We will guide you through every step of the process, from evaluation to recovery.