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Chromophobe Renal Cell Carcinoma Prognosis
Poor: Unfortunately even with chemo, stage IV renal cell has a short survival time. Some reasonably good chemo agents are coming available but present therapies may work for a while, then quit working. ...Read more
Most likely Stage I: All tumors are staged by the tumor, nodes, metastasis (staging system). Stage i kidney tumors are less than 7 CM in size and have no evidence of lymph node as well as distant metastasis. Stage ii tumors are larger than 7 CM and have no lymph node or distant metastasis. Stage iii tumors are locally advanced. Stage IV tumors have spread to lymph nodes or other organs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My brother has ust been diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma are my sister and I likely to get it too?
Get a good md: Find a doctor you can trust. Get a second opinion if you feel the need to either confirm the treatment course or find a different path. Consider removal of tumor in kidney if possible. Treat sites of metastatic disease aggressively if possible. ...Read more
Unusual but possible: Metastasis (spread) to the skin is uncommon for renal cell carcinoma. Lung is a much moe common site of spread. However, skin metastasis has been described. In fact, there are patients who were originally diagnosed solely through the biopsy of a suspicious skin lesion. Fortunately, unusual skin lesions are often accessible for biopsy which should decrease the uncertainty of diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treat or observe: Renal carcinoma is a primarily surgical disease. Most patients likely benefit from excision of tumors with the option of partial kidney removal allowing preservation of renal function compared to total removal. Newer options for small tumors include thermal ablation where cold or heat destroys the tumor. In some patients with small tumors and poor health or old age, surveillance can be pursued. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: It's not common. If it does appear, it raises suspicion for a hereditary predisposition (von hippel - lindau, others). There are a few pediatric kidney cancers that mimic common renal cell carcinoma clinically but are distinct pathologic entities. ...Read more
Is it true that renal cell carcinoma rarely spreads when the growth is less than 3cm in size? Has it ever happened or is it just not as likely?
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