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How do you know what stage of renal cancer?

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Dr. Raymundo Romero
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
T N M: Like other solid cancers the TNM staging system is used. T = size, n = lymph node involvement, m = metastasis. There is clinical staging mostly based on imaging and physical exam. Then pathological stage based on surgical specimen.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What do you need to know about renal cancer?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Several things: Tumor type (usually clear cell renal cell carcinoma). Tumor grade (fuhrman grades 1-4, with 4 the highest/worst) tumor stage (separated by extent of local tumor: invasion into vessels or fat surrounding the kidney; lymph node or distant organ metastasis). These factors are used to determine extent of surgery, type of chemotherapy, and other treatments.
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How do you know what stage somebody is in with renal cancer?

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Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
Staging system.: To adequately stage a patient one must know the size of the tumor, the presence or absence of lymph node involvement and whether the disease has spread to distant organs such as the lungs or liver. With this information a patient is placed into one of four stages (stages 1, 2, 3, 4).
A 37-year-old member asked:

What's longest live stage 4 renal cancer?

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Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 34 years experience
Variable: There are many types of renal cancer, with different outcomes. As your are 37 years old, renal cell carcinoma may be the type you are most interested in. Although not common, some individuals with stage 4 renal cell carcinoma have had prolonged (many years) of good quality life after diagnosis. I would recommend discussion with an oncologist about options for treatment.

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