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Can nosebleeds be a sign of kidney cancer?

Can nosebleeds be a sign of kidney cancer?

Not likely: Nose bleeds (epistaxis) can be caused by many things including picking (#1), vascular problems, blood problems. Kidney cancer would not be anywhere on my differential list of etiologies. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Do you know the signs and symptoms of kidney cancer in adults?

Do you know the signs and symptoms of kidney cancer in adults?

Blood, pain, mass.: There is a classic triad of hematuria (blood in urine), flank pain, and abdominal mass this presents with, but is seen in only 10-20% of patients. Hematuria (40%), flank pain (40%), mass (33%), and weight loss (33%) are the most common individual syndromes. Paraneoplastic syndromes-erythrocytosis (3%), hypercalcemia (5%), and nonmetastatic hepatic dysfunction (stauffer's syndrome) (15%) occur. ...Read more

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How common is kidney cancer?

How common is kidney cancer?

Relatively uncommon: Kidney cancer is the sixth and eighth leading cause of new cancers in men and women in 2012, respectively. An estimated 40, 250 cases in men and 24, 520 in women are projected in 2012, which represents 5% and 3% of new cancer diagnoses for men and women, respectively. ...Read more

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How can I treat kidney cancer?

How can I treat kidney cancer?

Surgery or ChemoRad: The most common treatment for kidney cancer that has not spread is surgery to remove the kidney (a nephrectomy). If the tumor is small enough, it could be done by removing part of the kidney to preserve some kidney function on that side (a partial nephrectomy). These surgeries can be done open, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted laparoscopic. Cancers that have spread require chemo and/or radiation. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have kidney cancer?

How can I tell if I have kidney cancer?

Medical imaging: Most kidney tumors today are found early by imaging i.e. Ultrasounds or ct scans done for other reasons. Many other are diagnosed becoause of blood in the urine_ hematuria.Larger tumors may cause pain or fever. ...Read more

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Could a kidney cancer exist for 17 years?

Could a kidney cancer exist for 17 years?

Yes: At autopsy, I've often found tiny cancers and thought, "Maybe it would have been big enough to be a problem in maybe twenty years." ...Read more

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What are the different stages of kidney cancer?

What are the different stages of kidney cancer?

Variable: Simply: local regional metastatic - widespread their are sizes, grades, histology and more formal tmn stages. ...Read more

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My brother has kidney cancer. What should I tell him?

My brother has kidney cancer. What should I tell him?

See a urolgist: You should have your brother get further evaluated by a urologist and/or an oncologist to determine the best course of treatment. Early cancers can be removed surgically. More advanced cancers can be treated with medications. Some types of kidney cancer are very slow growing and may be tracked by ct scans rather than be treated. ...Read more

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What symptoms would a person have if they have kidney cancer?

What symptoms would a person have if they have kidney cancer?

Gross hematuria: Or visible blood in urine, but this is a late symptom unfortunately. Most curable kidney cancers are found incidentally when an imaging study, such as ultrasound, ct, or mri, is done for an unrelated condition. ...Read more

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What are some common risk factors for developing kidney cancer?

What are some common risk factors for developing kidney cancer?

Smoking, obesity: Others can include anatomic abnormalities such as horseshoe kidney, chronic renal failure, and genetic abnormalities. ...Read more

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How is kidney cancer different for a diabetic?

How is kidney cancer different for a diabetic?

Kidney function: Patients with diabetes are at greater risk for losing renal function and possibly needing dialysis. So, a diabetic patient with a kidney cancer may need to have more consideration for a partial nephrectomy for a kidney cancer. This is wheer only the tumor and a surrounding rim of normal tissue are removed frm the kidyney. Your urologist would determine the best and safets approach. ...Read more

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What is the rate of survival for stage IV kidney cancer?

Poor: Unfortunately the 5 year survival rate for stage IV renal cell cancer is poor, 0-20%. However, in recent years their have been significant advances in the treatment of this disease and we now see some long term survivors. ...Read more

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If a cancerous kidney was transplanted to a different person, would that person then develop kidney cancer?

If a cancerous kidney was transplanted to a different person, would that person then develop kidney cancer?

Yes: If a kidney that is transplanted has cancer in it, then the recepient will continue to have the same cancer and it will continue to grow. If not treated, it will metastasize and spread. Many tests are performed prior to transplantation to prevent this from occuring. ...Read more

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How can you prevent kidney cancer?

You can't: There is no way to prevent kidney cancer. There are some risk factors for kidney cancer, but even if one does not have any risk factors, it can still develop, even if you live a healthy lifestyle. There is a sporadic form of kidney cancer that can occur even without any risk factors or family history of cancers. ...Read more

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Are there any non-surgical options for kidney cancer?

Are there any non-surgical options for kidney cancer?

Less Invasive Yes: Cryoablation/radiofrequency ablation--needle through the skin into the tumor freezing/burning the tumor. Otherwise progression is expected. If you are 46 you should seriously consider having surgery. Without extension (or mets), surgery is associated with great results with only a 10% per year recurrence rate and no requirement for chemotherapy. Chemo is generally not given without surgery. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for kidney cancer?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for kidney cancer?

Minimally invasive: Kidney cancer is primarily treated with surgery. Depending on the size/location of the tumor, partial removal (called partial nephrectomy) is recommended. The majority is treated minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopic/robotic-assisted surgery with advantage of faster recovery and decrease pain compare with open surgery. Cancer spread from kidney may be treated with chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Hypernephroma (Definition)

Hypernephroma has become an outdated term for cancerous change of filtrating tubules of kidneys and has bee replaced by renal cell carcinoma; literally, it denotes "overgrowth of kidney cells". Its risk factors are tobacco smoking, long-term OTC pain killer use, etc. In few cases, genetic factor is blamed. More? Contact www.healthtap.com/dr-Lin ...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