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My doctor said I had sugar in my urine, but the next day I took a blood test and a urine test, and both were normal. Could I have kidney cancer?

My doctor said I had sugar in my urine, but the next day I took a blood test and a urine test, and both were normal. Could I have kidney cancer?

Sugar in urine: Not likely to be cancer, however you may have eaten a meal with a high sugar content which raised your blood sugar levels and then led to temporary sugar in your urine. You may be at risk for development of diabetes. Do you know what you can do to reduce you risk of diabetes? ...Read more

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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Is blood in the urine a symptom of advanced kidney cancer?

Is blood in the urine a symptom of advanced kidney cancer?

It can be: Blood in the urine can be due to a number of issues - both benign and malignant. Kidney cancer - both localized and advanced may lbe casues of hematuria. If you do have blood in the urine, it needs to be evaluated by a urologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can a person have advanced kidney cancer without having blood in the urine?

Can a person have advanced kidney cancer without having blood in the urine?

Yes: Blood in the urine aka hematuria is only seen in 1/3rd of the cases of renal cell carcinoma. Most patients have no symptoms from renal cell carcinoma until it becomes very advanced and invades blood supply of the kidney. ...Read more

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I'm 22 don't drink or smoke but my urine sometimes is dark yellow how likely is kidney cancer the cause? Or liver damage if I haven't smoked

I'm 22 don't drink or smoke but my urine sometimes is dark yellow how likely is kidney cancer the cause? Or liver damage if I haven't smoked

Urine color can be: A tip to something wrong, but dark amber urine usually means it is concentrated, and you have not drank enough water. Liver does excrete bile and bilirubin and it can be filtered into urine, but at levels where your skin and eyes would be yellow. Smoking is bad, but unlikely to be related. A urinanalysis can answer these questions and answers cheaply and accurately. ...Read more

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38 yr male, good shape, avid runner. Traces of blood in urine. Dad diagnosed with kidney cancer at 40. Dr ordered ultrasound. Would this show cancer?

38 yr male, good shape, avid runner. Traces of blood in urine. Dad diagnosed with kidney cancer at 40. Dr ordered ultrasound. Would this show cancer?

Not necessarily: Traces of blood in urine can result from many reasons, running and exercise is amongst few of the benign reasons, however it can be an early sign of cancer as well. A thorough investigation is mandatory for anyone with strong family history. One should consult the PCP right away and ideally should be evaluated by a Urologist. A kidney ultrasound is one of the many tests needed. ...Read more

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Kidney cancer should I have surgery without a biopsy? The doctor recently found a growth on my kidney. I had an mri, cat, blood test and chest x-ray. No blood or protein in urine. The doctor wants to do surgery and remove all of the kidney as well. I've p

Kidney cancer should I have surgery without a biopsy? The doctor recently found a growth on my kidney. I had an mri, cat, blood test and chest x-ray. No blood or protein in urine. The doctor wants to do surgery and remove all of the kidney as well. I've p

BIopsies: Biopsies are not often used to diagnose kidney tumors. The imaging studies you underwent (ct scan and mri) can provide sufficient information for a surgeon to decide if an operation is needed.
A ct scan is one of the most useful imaging studies for detected kiney tumors because it gives the surgeon detailed/precise information in terms of size, location and shape of the tumor. A ct scan can also help to determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. An MRI provides detailed images of the soft tissue and vessels in the body and can also be helpful in determining if the cancer has spread.
Biopsies are only done on kidney tumors if the information provided in a ct scan was inconclusive. Your surgeon has enough information from the imaging studies to make valid recommendations for surgery. ...Read more

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Can doctors find kidney cancer in a normal blood test?

Can doctors find kidney cancer in a normal blood test?

No: However there may be some be some abnomalities on the blood work that would make a practitioner investigate this further, but, in the simplest and general answer is no. ...Read more

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What are the tests for kidney cancer?

What are the tests for kidney cancer?

Imaging: The vast majority of kidney cancers are found by imaging (ct scan or mri) either in symptomatic patients (flank pain, blood in urine, etc.) or fortuitously while investigating an unrelated problem. ...Read more

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What tests diagnose kidney cancer? My doctor wants me to have an intravenous pyelogram. Is he looking for cancer?

What tests diagnose kidney cancer? My doctor wants me to have an intravenous pyelogram. Is he looking for cancer?

Kidney cancer: The best test for kidney cancer remains ct scan or mri. I v p has a limited roll in urology at this point in time. At one time it was all we had, however it is seldom ordered now, particularly when trying to rule out renal tumor. ...Read more

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Should a kidney cancer survivor have routine yearly tests that include CT scans of the lungs?

Should a kidney cancer survivor have routine yearly tests that include CT scans of the lungs?

Not necessarily: Depending on the stage and grade of kidney cancer, some patients may require ct scan of lungs. For many patients, yearly chest x-ray for the first 5 years may be sufficient. ...Read more

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I have had kidney cancer CT scan now show another small lesion in the same kidney but ultrasound does not?

I have had kidney cancer CT scan now show another small lesion in the same kidney but ultrasound does not?

Mri: Mri can be another excellent imaging modality in these scenarios. If the renal mass is so small it's difficult to determine on ct then it is likely safe to follow with another ct in 6 - 12 months. But asking about MRI is one thought in the short term. ...Read more

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Can a transvaginal us show your kidneys? I have hematuria on dipstick, afraid of kidney cancer. 30yr old female.

Can a transvaginal us show your kidneys? I have hematuria on dipstick, afraid of kidney cancer. 30yr old female.

No: Transvaginal ultrasound is best used to look at structures related to uterus and ovaries. To visualize the kidntey one needs at CAT scan or MRI. Angiograms of the kidney are also used occasionally to visualize the vascular supply to a kidney lesion. The presence of hematuria should first be checked out by cystoscopy to see if there is a bladder lesion. ...Read more

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I had kidney cancer and now have pain in my right hip area and going down the right side of my bottom CT scan show a lesion in the right medial ilium?

I had kidney cancer and now have pain in my right hip area and going down the right side of my bottom CT scan show a lesion in the right medial ilium?

Further testing: More detailed imaging may be helpful and possibly a biopsy of the area to determine the exact cause of pain. In cases of isolated bony metastasis, focused radiation therapy can provide significant relief from pain. Other therapies may be available as well depending on your particular situation, but it is certainly possible that'll none of this is cancer related. Good luck and keep in touch! ...Read more

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My 7 year old has been vomiting and bad belly button pain on and off for 6 months ultrasound shows swollen kidney but ct shows nothing should I do a MRI and would a ct show kidney cancer thanks?

My 7 year old has been vomiting and bad belly button pain on and off for 6 months ultrasound shows swollen kidney but ct shows nothing should I do a MRI and would a ct show kidney cancer thanks?

Here are some...: Based on what described, it is reasonable to center the attention to possible disorders of gastrointestinal tract including possible incompatibility with what he/she may consume, that is, foods allergy. If nothing significant could be found, MRI would most likely just waste resource without further benefit to see anything further. More? To http://formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html. ...Read more

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31 yo husband bp uncontrolled did a 24 hr urine and kidney ultrasound (abnormality found) family hx of kidney cancer, poss cancer with abnormality?

31 yo husband bp uncontrolled did a 24 hr urine and kidney ultrasound (abnormality found) family hx of kidney cancer, poss cancer with abnormality?

Need further testing: If indeed a possible kidney mass was found on ultrasound, a CT scan (renal mass protocol) needs to be done in follow-up to confirm the presence of a mass and also to get an idea if there are any abnormally enlarged lymph nodes or other abnormalities in other organs. This is because ultrasound is very limited in resolution. A look at the adrenal glands with CT to rule out mass is important also. ...Read more

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Had Kidney cancer 7 years ago, should I be worried about my ph urine to be +8.5 and over 30+ protein? Feel urgency to go to the bathroom. No infection

Had Kidney cancer 7 years ago, should I be worried about my ph urine to be +8.5 and over 30+ protein? Feel urgency to go to the bathroom. No infection

When you say your: protein is 30+ I am assuming you meant your UACR, urine albumin-to-creatiine ratio. This value and the higher pH can be associated with a degree of kidney failure. This would not necessarily be expected after cancer. The urgency symptom is very suggestive of infection or inflammation, so I don't know how you can be sure about that. This needs evaluation of all parameters. See your Doc ASAP:) ...Read more

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Can a 25 year young female have kidney cancer?

Can a 25 year young female have kidney cancer?

Rare but possible: Kidney cancers (renal cell cancer) are rare in young people, of the total aprx 38, 000 75% are 60 yrs or over, 1.4 % in the age of 20 to 34 years. Incidence in female is slightly less. ...Read more

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What can I try at home to treat kidney cancer?

What can I try at home to treat kidney cancer?

See your doctor: Kidney cancer is a potentially fatal illness that needs to be treated by trained specialists. They will "stage" the cancer before recommending appropriate treatment. There are no effective home treatments. ...Read more

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Does the diet affect the risk of kidney cancer?

Unknown: There are theories that high protein diets are associated with kidney cancer, and that obesity may be a risk factor. There is little, if any, direct evidence linking diet to kidney cancer. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce my risk of kidney cancer?

What can I do to reduce my risk of kidney cancer?

Stop smoking: There is no way to decrease your chance of getting kidney cancer. It may familial or sporadic and just occur due to a mutation or some other reason that we are not aware of. There is another type of kidney cancer called transisitonal cell carcinoma wher the cancer forms in the lining where urine flows and this has been linked to smoking. ...Read more

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What symptoms usually go along with kidney cancer?

What symptoms usually go along with kidney cancer?

Usually none...: The classic triad of abdominal pain, hematuria, and palpable mass are very rarely seen these days. Most cases of kidney cancer are incidentally found during imaging for other issues. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me the early symptoms of a kidney cancer?

Can someone tell me the early symptoms of a kidney cancer?

Blood in urine: There are no good early symptoms, other than small quantities of blood in urine that may require microscopic examination of urine. Other symptoms may be flank discomfort, ruddiness of coomplexion, weakness and renal colic if there are blood cloots due to frank bleeding. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my friend says she has kidney cancer?

What do you suggest if my friend says she has kidney cancer?

Help: Her get to appointments, recover from surgical or medical treatments.
Some can be cured, and most can be controlled. ...Read more

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How do I know if my kidney cancer has spread to other organs?

How do I know if my kidney cancer has spread to other organs?

X-rays, blood tests: The method in which metastatic kidney cancer is evaluated is through imaging studies including ct scans or mri. In addition, blood tests are also used to identify abnormalities in other organs that may be indicative of spread of cancer. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of a young woman getting kidney cancer?

Depends on age: What you consider young, but without symptoms, chances are low. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the chances of kidney cancer coming in your kidney but only this time in both?

Rare: Bilateral kidney cancers at the same time are rare, perhaps ~2% of the time. Though this rate increases with certain genetic disorders. ...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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68yr old man diabetic with kidney cancer wha is going to happen?

68yr old man diabetic with kidney cancer wha is going to happen?

Hard to say.: Sorry your friend is so sick! The prognosis for cancer depends on the type of the cancer, the stage it is at the time of diagnosis, the treatment (or not) that is used, and the overall health of the individual. Having diabetes complicates treatment more than if this was not present. Write down a list of questions to ask the doc. Write down the answers too, to be able to study later. Ask many! ...Read more

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What effects does kidney cancer have on your body if you are unable to have surgery?

What effects does kidney cancer have on your body if you are unable to have surgery?

Depends...: It depends on the reason for not having surgery. If surgery is not done because of medical ineligibility then there are methods to control cancer symptoms- embolization, cryotherapy, oral chemotherapy, radiiation, etc. Without any treatment symptoms such as urinary bleeding, pain, weight loss, and general failure occurs over time. Discuss with your oncologist and urologist. ...Read more

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Is kidney cancer genetic?

Is kidney cancer genetic?

Some forms are: There are a number of hereditary forms of kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma), most frequently von hippel lindau. Others include tuberous sclerosis complex, hereditary non-vhl clear cell renal cell carcinoma, hereditary papillary renal cell carcinoma (hprcc), birt-hogg-dubé syndrome (bhd), and hereditary leiomyomatosis/renal cell carcinoma (hlrcc). These have specific findings for each. Ask a doc. ...Read more

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How can you prevent kidney cancer?

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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What is done in kidney cancer treatment?

What is done in kidney cancer treatment?

Depend on the stage: Depend on the stage and whether surgery can be done. Surgery to remove the kidney cancer either by removing the kidney entirely or partially would be the best cure for this cancer-in early stage when surgery can be safely done. In advanced stage, when cancer has spread to other organ, it would be incurable. "smart pill" like votrient/sutent etc would be the option- trying to control the disease. ...Read more

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How fatal is kidney cancer (renal cancer)?

How fatal is kidney cancer (renal cancer)?

Depends on stage of: Disease. Early stage renal cancer has 5 year survival of about 70% and late stage has a 5 year survival of about 10%. See the site below for details.
http://www. Cancermonthly. Com/cancer_basics/kidney. Asp. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my mom has kidney cancer?

Ask: Have a conversation with her and if she has not gone to the doctor taker her there & ask permission from her to fill out a hippa form that will allow you to speak to her doctor. If she does not want to involve you in her care that is her right (as frustrating & sad as that sounds). One of the simple ways to look at kidneys is via ultrasound. It would be helpful to know more about her condition. ...Read more

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How long will treatment for kidney cancer last?

Depend on stage: If caught early- the best treatment will be surgery to cure the cancer. If unresectable or in advance stage with cancer spreading to other organ- treatment would be an oral smart medicine like tyrosine kinase inhibitor (sunitinib, sorafenib, pazopanib) vs m-tor inhibitor vs interleukin-2 etc. This treatment will need to be continued as long as it is tolerated and as long as it continues to work. ...Read more

Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


Dr. Sean Williamson
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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