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Published on May 11, 2011

James Hughes & Kidney Cancer


Patient: James Hughes, Silver Spring, MD

Location: Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital

Service: Laparoscopic Surgery

Doctor: Jonathan Ree, MD

Having had little more than a broken hand since 1961, James Hughes of Silver Spring was shocked when a routine physical led to the discovery of a large tumor engulfing his kidney.

“When my doctor said I should see a urologist because of elevated PSA [prostate-specific antigen] levels, I didn’t think much of it,” Hughes says.

Jonathan Rhee, M.D., a urologist at Washington Adventist Hospital, found microscopic blood in Hughes’ urine and ordered a series of tests, starting with a CT scan.

A subsequent MRI found a large renal mass on Hughes’ left kidney that was most likely cancerous.

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