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I had bladder cancer 10 yrs ago. Simple cyst in left kidney was 3mm, now 8mm and read as complex. What is the probability of malignancy?

I had bladder cancer 10 yrs ago.  Simple cyst in left kidney was 3mm, now 8mm and read as complex. What is the probability of malignancy?

Possible.: Difficult to give you probability statistics in this setting, but any complex cyst requires close monitoring. With your history of bladder cancer, though, i encourage you to follow up with your urologist for his/her opinion. Malignancy unfortunately is not out of the question, but would be much easier to manage sooner rather than waiting until later. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Can bladder cancer remain hidden on a sonogram of the bladder & kidneys?

Can bladder cancer remain hidden on a sonogram of the bladder & kidneys?

Yes: Bladder cancer can easily be missed on sonogram of the bladder and kidneys, especially if the tumor is small or flat. The definitive test for diagnosis is a cystoscopy where a small telescope is placed into the bladder to visualize the lining of the bladder. At the same time, a biopsy is taken to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is there any possibility bladder cancer would not show up on a sonogram of the bladder & kidneys?

Is there any possibility bladder cancer would not show up on a sonogram of the bladder & kidneys?

Yes: Ultrasound will often fail to find cancers of the ureter and/or bladder. Cystoscopy/ureteroscopy by a urologist, with biopsy when required, are the best approach when these cancers are suspected. A urologist provides the best guidance for this workup. ...Read more

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I have bladder cancer and have recently been having a lot of back pain around kidneys.Is it possible the cancer has spread.No insurance to see doctor?

I have bladder cancer and have recently been having a lot of back pain around kidneys.Is it possible the cancer has spread.No insurance to see doctor?

Kidney blockage: Bladder cancer can grow to block your kidneys; this can be a very serious issue so you need to get checked out; an u/s to check your kidneys is cheaper than a ct scan but less info. ...Read more

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Inc in creatinine (2.0 vs 1.6) post hosp for kidney reaction (creat 5, then ret to normal) to BCG for 0-stage bladder cancer. 79 yo cauc m good health?

Inc in creatinine (2.0 vs 1.6) post hosp for kidney reaction (creat 5, then ret to normal) to BCG for 0-stage bladder cancer. 79 yo cauc m good health?

Ok: The fact that your creatinine returned from 5 to 1.6 means your kidney "failure" was acute and reversible. Serum creatinine of 1.6 for a 79 year old is very good. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Please tell me about advance bladder cancer or prostate or urethra or kidney cancer?

Please tell me about advance bladder cancer or prostate or urethra or kidney cancer?

All very serious: All suggest that cancer has spread beyond original organ. Advanced prostate cancer has best chance of containment with surgery ; drugs compared to other 2 ; kidney the worst. However your question is beyond scope of a 400 character response. ...Read more

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Slightly red urine 2 days. Sometimes clear. Bladder cancer or kidney stone? 3 stones in kidney. Don't smoke. No pain. Ab ultasnd nrml back in November

Slightly red urine 2 days. Sometimes clear. Bladder cancer or kidney stone? 3 stones in kidney. Don't smoke. No pain. Ab ultasnd nrml back in November

Urine culture : Painless hematuria or blood in the urine could be a manifestation of bladder cancer. If this were a kidney stone you would probably have flank pain but on occasion it can be painless. A urinary tract infection usually presents with pain on urination. I would suggest getting a urine culture but if it persists a urological workup and cystoscopy may be needed ...Read more

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Always had trace blood in urine. Had UTI 6 days ago follow up urine still has large amounts of blood. Blood work good no kidney pain. Bladder cancer?

Always had trace blood in urine. Had UTI 6 days ago follow up urine still has large amounts of blood. Blood work good no kidney pain. Bladder cancer?

Micro hematuria: Microhematuria in a 34 year-old female who has never smoked is not very likely to be due to bladder cancer. Bladder cancer is not really genetic in nature. Despite that, you should have a hematuria workup which would include imaging of your kidneys as well as a cystoscopy and a variety of possible urine studies. ...Read more

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Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more