Symptoms of kidney cancer

In most cases people only develop signs of kidney cancer during the mid-to-late stages of the disease.

The most common symptoms of kidney cancer are:

  • Blood in your urine
  • Constant pain below the ribs
  • A lump or swelling in your side

Rare symptoms of kidney cancer are:

  • Unexplained weight loss and/or loss of appetite
  • Extreme tiredness
  • High blood pressure
  • Night sweats
  • High temperature

You should see your doctor if you have these symptoms. As some of these symptoms may only appear in the later stages of kidney cancer, if you have BHD it is important to have regular scans to monitor your kidneys so any tumours are found before these symptoms develop.

Publication date: December 2014
Review date: May 2021