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Certain childhood cancer treatments can cause kidney problems later in life.
The kidneys are 2 organs located below the rib cage near the middle of the back. They remove waste and extra liquid from blood. That process produces urine.
If kidneys don’t work correctly, fluid and waste products can build up in the blood. This can cause health problems.
Therapies that can cause kidney problems include radiation, certain medicines, and surgical procedures.
People who have signs and symptoms of kidney problems may also have:
Survivors at risk for developing kidney problems are encouraged to take steps to keep their kidneys healthy:
Reviewed: December 2019