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A 21-year-old male asked:

how long does renal cell carcinoma take to spread? been 3 months since found. authorization taking awhile. labs say hasn't spread to other parts yet.

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Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Variable: Tumor size is usually calculated to enlarge in terms of "doubling time". Spread of tumor through the lymphatic system or bloodstream is highly unpredictable, but typically measured in weeks and months.
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 27 years experience
Variable: Some rcc's are very slowly growing and can take years to spread. Others are more aggressive and can spread over the course of many weeks to months. Labs (eg blood work) cannot tell if the cancer has spread or not; imaging studies like ct, bone scan, or MRI do this. Authorization for treatment should not take 3 months. You should check back with your primary doctor and urologist.

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What stage is a 7 mm renal cell carcinoma?

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More than size: Staging is based on more than just size but also whether the cancer has spread to lymph nodes and to surrounding tissues. However, if it is just 7mm at its widest dimension, then it may be stage one cancer. You definitely need to be having this conversation with your doctor or oncologist as soon as possible.
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Diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma last week said I was stage 1?

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Good prognosis: Stage 1: the cancer is only within the kidney, and has not spread. This stage has the best long-term survival and is most likely to be cured with surgery. The five year survival rate is almost 90%.
Dr. Richard Link
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Keep in mind that most stage I kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma) can be treated in 2013 using a kidney sparing approach. This means that the tumor can be removed without removing your kidney in many, if not most, circumstances.
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How long does someone with stage 4 renal cell carcinoma have? Weeks? Months? A year?

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Dr. Devon Webster
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It depends: I know that's what we always say. But stage 4 renal cancer prognosis depends on many factors. Someone who is very ill with an elevated ldh, elevated calcium, and anemia has months to a year. Someone who responded to immunotherapy and has normal labs may have several years or more. Your doctor knows, and if he/she is not saying, ask. And say you want the truth.
A 19-year-old female asked:

What all can renal cell carcinoma spread to? And where would it most likely spread to first?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Lymph nodes first: Most of the time renal cell cancer is not detected in early stages, 25%- 30% cases already has metastasis at the time of diagnosis. As tumor grows invades capsule and spread to lymph nodes, then spread to liver, bone , lungs and brain.
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Is there cure for renal cell carcinoma?

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Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
Yes: If it is removable with surgery cure is very likely. Most patients do well with this cancer.

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